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Ron Harper

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 03:31 PM

Barnes foot powered mortiser. Complete and quite functional. I have yet to look for Randall and Sones. But I will. The machine is at least 150 years old and more likely 175. One of my to dos is to post a video soon of it being used. These things were developed for door and sash makers, and were meant to cut soft wood. They will work fine on hardwood, but you have to drill a hole so that the chisel has clearance. I really am not certain that they will save any time for an experienced hand tool woodworker, But they do take away the worry about accuracy.

-- Ron in Kokomo

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