|Review by Karson||posted 03-01-2008 05:17 AM||5079 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I had been looking at this mortiser for sale by Wilke Tools in PA. It was being sold at $245 plus shipping. And then one time I went looking again and they had it for sale at $185.00 I ordered it.
It didn’t come with any chisels. What sets this mortiser apart from others for a reasonable price is that it has an X, Y and Z alignment.
The table as shown in the two pictures moves from left to right about 7” so you can cut a 7” mortise without loosing the grip on the piece of wood. The lower swinging bar moves the table left and right. The center knob moved the table surface front to rear. So to get the chisel aligned is just a matter of locking in the wood and then turning the knob to get the chisel into the correct position.
When the mortiser arrived the back fence was some 1/8” aluminum angle and when you tightened the wood locking knob the wood ended up at about 87 deg. I replaced it with some thicker aluminum angle and I also put a shim under the back edge so that at rest the fence is about 89 deg and when I tighten the wood knob it moves into the 90 deg position.
I also put some 150 grit sandpaper on the front edge of the wood locking lever with double face tape so that I don’t have to tighten the wood as tight to keep it from moving. That also lessens the flex in the back fence. I’ll probably either replace it with a solid block of steel or try to find some steel angle that is a true 90 deg.
I already owned a Delta mortiser but i wanted one that was more user friendly. This one is it. It works like the expensive models.
Wilke has gone out of business or merged with someone else but here is the mfg web site. It is the second picture in the web site.
When my son Dave who is 11 was making the table for the fair at the school. I showed him how to align the chisel on the lines, and when you get to the end move to the next one. He was making 6 mortises in one board for the table top. He got started and I went into the house to get the camera. When I came back he was all finished and was setting in a chair waiting for me.
So almost simple enough for a caveman to do it. At least an 11 yr old LumberJock.
I bought the chisels that I use from Grizzly, because the shank size on the chisel is larger than those used on Delta and Jet etc. The chisels were sharpened with a diamond cone from Rockler. See review here
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