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Beginningwoodworker

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02-25-2010 12:36 AM

I gave routing mortises a try on my router table, here is the results its not the best in the world and it can be improve. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker


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patron

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 12:45 AM

charles ,
put a second fence ( clamped board ) ,
against the workpiece ,
to keep it from moving sideways .

that way the work can only go back and forth .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 12:47 AM

Hi Charles. Not bad for a first attempt! The mortises show evidence of the wood wandering away from the fence. If you didn’t, you should try using a featherboard to hold the wood snugly against the fence. Also, you might want to make sure the bit has come to a full stop before removing the piece when you have a stopped mortise. Lastly, make sure you are not making deep passes. Maybe 1/8” or 1/4” depth at a time depending on the size of the bit and the hardness of the wood. Good start Charles.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 12:52 AM

Charles.
Patron has sound advise for you.
That second board will help a lot.

I can see your Mom sitting in that nice Morris Chair soon !!!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 12:56 AM

Thanks guys for the tips the morris chair project is going to be fun.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 01:01 AM

not bad for first! my errors were worse!

patron’s idea is great – it’ll mimic a mortising setup for the router table and will help control the runouts. and also, such as with any other tool in the shop – practice makes perfect! learning the ins and outs and how to finesse and control the workpiece while working with a machine makes all the difference.

thanks for the post! and looking forward to seeing the second attempt being better

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 02-25-2010 01:07 AM

Charles
I have never been a great user of producing the mortice using the router table so I came up with a simple jig that would produce the mortice with greater safety awareness. So safe that I had people with vision impairment and some totally blind producing the joint. The great advantage is all the mortices will be the same size each time. It will be necessary to produce a jig for the various thicknesses of material you are using but they can be made from scrap material from your workshop
I used this method for all the mortices I required when i was making a set of eight dining room chairs. I will post a couple of pics shortly.
Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 02-25-2010 01:15 AM

The next time I cut the mortises on the router table, I am going to try a sprial bit.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 02-25-2010 01:22 AM

You did better than my first and second mortises. I haven’t tried a third time yet, but the tips you just got are going to help me, too. Thanks!

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#9 posted 02-25-2010 01:28 AM

Practice makes perfect!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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TemplateTom

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 01:32 AM

There is no doubt that would help
Here is my Morticeing jig made from material in the workshop and cheaper than a spiral bit cutter

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Making a simple stand to hold the material
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Mortices come out the same size
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Section through the Jig
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-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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#11 posted 02-25-2010 01:51 AM

That’s a good method for anyone.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 02-25-2010 02:19 AM

I would also recommend a cheap set of pattern guides for your router base….My Hitachi came with some and they work great in home made templates. That way you have something that is not spinning to run the router against the template…otherwise if the spinning bit meets the template it can cause you to wobble or kick. There are also pattern bits or trim bits that have roller bearings…but these cost more than a straight bit and a template and guide.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 02-25-2010 02:58 AM

Charles,

Looks like your on your way…. I know that the first time I used a jig to cut my mortises.

-- Mike, VT

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#14 posted 02-25-2010 08:25 AM

You keep learning and trying new things… Momma got to love the chair…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TemplateTom

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#15 posted 02-25-2010 11:31 AM

“I would also recommend a cheap set of pattern guides for your router base….My Hitachi came with some and they work great in home made templates.”

I would be interested in the type of projects you produce with the aid of the guides

Tom

-- Getting more from my router with the aid of Template Guides Selection of Projects listed on You -Tube "Routing with Tom O'Donnell"

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