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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 12-22-2009 03:20 PM 4980 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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12-22-2009 03:20 PM

I have been falling behind with my nightstands with all the holiday stuff going on lately, and a small picture frame for my wife. Anyways, I am planning to get into the garage this weekend or next to build this stow-and-go router table: http://www.finewoodworking.com/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=28007

I also plan on building a mortising jig since my nightstands are all M&T’s and the hard maple for the legs should arrive next week. I’ve looked at many different jigs and so far have found a nice design at FW that allows for curved pieces as well and adjustable length mortises. So far I’m going to use this deisgn but was wondering if anyone had any easier to make jigs that could do the same. Sorry but you need online membership to view: http://www.finewoodworking.com/fwnpdf/011197074.pdf.

I found this video though on youtube and thought I would share. This homemade mortising machine is amazing. I wonder how long it took to make and perfect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciXplz3SrMk He also has intructions here: http://woodgears.ca/slot_mortiser/

So, do you have a favorite mortising jig? Care to share plans? I’ve seen very basic ones that have nothing more than a router with an edge guide and stop blocks, but I was looking for something a little more robust that could accommadate future projects and make accurate repeatable cuts.

Eric

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN


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#1 posted 12-22-2009 03:46 PM

Looks like a Woodrat laying on it’s side. Anyway, that’s what I have and wouldn’t be without it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 03:52 PM

Mortise pal, seems to be a very good value for none-production work and when considering the time required to build your own, materials and durability of homemade jig the Mortise pal seems to be a winner. http://www.mortisepal.com/

I’ve seen the homemade version of the multi-router on woodgears it is truly incredible but the time required to build such a machine is extremely high and I’d rather be build furniture then spending 100’s of hours on building a machine. However, he’s done a fantastic job designing and building the machine which obviously has given him great satisfaction and demonstrates his talent.

I don’t think I’ve seen the jig from FW you posted before, but it seems like a strait forward design.

Good luck on your decision.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 03:56 PM

WhittleMeThis, I agree, that jig looks like it took too much time to build. I’m looking for a quick cheap jig.

The mortise pal looks nice, but I’m trying to stay on a cheap budget (although time can be costly too)

The woodrat is definetly too pricey for me, but thank you for your input bladeburner, it does look nice too.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 04:23 PM

FWIW, since the new Router Boss hit the market I’ve seen used Woodrats on CL for $300.

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 04:59 PM

Thanks Dave, I’ll see if I can get a copy of those. The woodrat looks great too, but still, for that money I’d rather get a drill press or new table saw to replace my POS one.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 05:13 PM

For those that don’t have access to the PDF I posted, here is picture of the jig:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/Workshop/WorkshopPDF.aspx?id=30243

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 05:36 PM

Greetings Eric:
The router table looks ok, but I don’t think I would like it for the fact that you have to clamp it to a workbench. To me, it would tie up your bench, and I like a r.t. that you can move about the shop if necessary. And I don’t care for the legs he made. too much hassle to set up and adjust. I did like the large 48” table, though, but would probably put laminant instead of just plain plywood. Just my thoughts.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 06:00 PM

Shop space for me is tight since everything must be no wider than 18” for the garage side walls and 25” for the house facing wall (which is already occupied by my table saw, planer and dust collector), so I thought the best approach would be one that can be taken down and stored flat out of the way. Also, I dont want to spend a lot of time making it, at least for the time being. I’m sure I’ll make a nice router table later on but for now I just need one. I’m going to use 3/4” Melamine with hardwood supports underneath to keep it flat. The legs I’m not a big fan of either but I don’t mind taking a couple of minutes to set it up.

I agree, I don’t want to have to attach it to my workbench since it gets crowded on there quickly. So instead, I was thinking of making it a wall fold down table or a cleat on the wall to screw it down to for back support, unless you have other ideas for a good router table that isn’t small but still quick to make….

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 06:24 PM

Hey Eric
I use a Multi router but that’s a spendy tool . The Jig you had on the link should do the job there are at least a dozen jigs that are similar some are on you tube. Before you build one take a look at some of those and incorporate the best of each into your jig.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 06:28 PM

Thanks Jim. I’ve looked at a few and I think this one has the best features and easiest setup.

Dave, good idea. I like to have excuses to build and buy better equipment ;). My father in law always tells me, “each project you make should have an excuse to buy a new tool.” On a similar note, I’m trying to figure out how long I can last with my current table saw before i go insane. I can’t stand that thing, so I try to do as much as possible with my bandsaw(Grizzly G0555) which is far superior to the table saw(Ryobi BTS10S).

I think I’ll leave it with its current design of clamping to the bench for the time being.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:58 PM

Jim, I think I’m going to incorporate the Router Boss tilting mechanism into this jig. not sure how I’ll do it yet, but I do like that feature.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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