|Review by jerrells||posted 03-27-2014 03:59 PM||5454 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I had been looking at the ability to make mortise and tendon joints for some time. Now the products I build are small mostly doll furniture. A lot of the pattern calls for this type of joint. I had been drilling dowel holes and using a cut in half dowel pin. There were some alignment issues.
I researched the add on product for a drill press. I found both good and bad reviews. Therefore I was not convinced this was the way to go. After seeing a post suggesting the Harbor Freight/Central Machine mortising machine I picked up one yester. This morning I assembled it and started testing. I generally do 1/8 to ¼ mortise holes, so I started with 1/8 inch.
I found in oak that the chisel did not seem to want to bite into the wood. On softer woods it was fine. I will have to think about this point.
It seems that the hold down and fence is for larger material than I will be using. Another point I will need to think over.
As with a lot of tools the assembly instructions are useless. However the unit is fairly straight forward to assemble so it was not real problem.
The handle that moves the head down has required some thinking. The head has a lot of travel and at first the handle hit the bench I mounted it on. I adjusted the handle and got most of the issue corrected.
At this point I am thinking I will keep the machine however I will give it a hard test over the next thirty days before deciding. More later as I gain more knowledge.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.