|Review by Al Navas||posted 01-21-2008 04:45 PM||4686 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
The bottom line: This machine works, but you must watch out for several things, common to all mortisers of this type, as I already have pointed out on my recent blog posts.
The weak link: The fence. It recently gave me many headaches, as the inside edges of the fence halves did not align properly – in the photo, Edge #1 and Edge #2. This resulted in misalignment of stiles to rails, something that should NOT happen. I probably did something to cause this, or maybe just sitting by a window in cold weather caused the cast iron to change dimensionally. I don’t really know. This is solved VERY easily by attaching a sub-fence; use screws to secure a wood fence to the cast iron one using the holes provided for this purpose; this is my guess, as I am not really sure why these holes even exist on the ends of the fence :) .
With proper care, and making sure the chisels are sharp and square to the table top, anyone can make mortises using this machine. I would buy it again. But today there are other options, such as Festool’s Domino, at about 3X the cost. I don’t own a Domino, but that might be THE way to go if I must cut many, many more mortises than I do today.
-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com