Mortising machine roll around cabinet

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Project by pnig posted 184 days ago 1129 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop demands mobility of all the machines in the front of the garage, which is where this machine will reside. Since I make all shop equipment, cabinets, fixtures, jigs, and storage out of leftover materials this will be no different. The top is made for the remnants of one sheet of 3/4” plywood, and the bottom for a different sheet, hence the opposing grain direction. I like the two wheels on one side and a solid bar with rubber foot on the other side with an angle iron “hitch.” This allows me to use a “dolly” to steer and move the cabinet to where I need it depending on what else is going on in the shop.
The cabinet it self holds the mortising machine, a Powermatic model 701, and is designed to have two fold up wings to support longer work pieces.
So far I have used the machine on this cabinet three times and I really enjoy the mobility, stability and utility of the cabinet.
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#1 posted 184 days ago

Nice job—I particularly like your two fold up wings. This reminds me I need to post my slant cabinet version of the mortising stand I completed the first of this year.

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#2 posted 184 days ago

Paul that looks like a handy addition to your shop


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#3 posted 184 days ago

Nice! I just ordered this mortising machine. How do you like it? I’m going to have to build a roll around cabinet as well. My little shop is running out of room.

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#4 posted 183 days ago

Thanks all for your comments. It is a great addition and I really love the machine. You won’t go wrong in ordering one. It is really heavy and stable and has all the power you need. I had an old one that mounted to my drill press and stayed away from making mortises unless completely necessary. Now I just pull it out do my set up and it does perfect mortises, very little clean out with a chisel. You will love it



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#5 posted 183 days ago

I understand your mobility problems, I have them too.Always put all aside to roll in the car.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 183 days ago

I tried (many times) to make sense to what should go where. I have evolved to the idea I will do all my rough work: breaking down sheet work, cutting, jointing, planing, band saw and mortising in the front because notmally in one to two days I can be finished and clean up and move everything back to it’s home to bring the car back in.


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#7 posted 183 days ago

This will be a great addition to your shop. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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