|Forum topic by woodenman||posted 02-24-2011 05:32 PM||2653 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
02-24-2011 05:32 PM
Hello lumberjocks haha… I am new here, the names Nick!
I will get straight to the point; I am making a few projects which require a 4cm x 4cm through hole to be cut in into a 21cm diameter piece of White Ash/Red Oak. I have been doing this with drill and chisel for a few years, but just takes too long to cut through 21cm of hardwood and I have more customers now than I can handle. So I rather get them their products faster as I have to cut 4 of these same holes in the large piece of wood (no wonder it takes so long).
I am looking to purchase a mortising machine for this purpose only as it seems that it will save me a lot of time drilling/chiseling square holes. My questions for you LUMBERJOCK GODS;
1) Is there a mortise machine out there that takes 4cm x 4cm chisel bits, or do I have to cut multiple holes to achieve my results?
2) Is there a mortise machine out there that strokes 21cm+ or do I have to turn my project over and drill from the opposite end? Which doesn’t bother me at all, or conversely, do I have to modify the stroke distance myself somehow if it can’t even stroke past mid-depth?
3) Is there a mortise machine out there that has 10.5cm+ of clearance from the fence, as my project piece is a cylinder 21 cm diameter, and I will be drilling dead center on the round surface, thus I need some clearance of at least 10.5cm from the fence side if that makes sense?
4) Is there a mortise machine out there capable of cutting through White Ash or Red Oak without too much of a hassle, that even a novice mortise machine user could handle? This will be my first mortise machine.
I apologize if I wasn’t clear in my description here, if I have confused anyone please give me hell about it and I will elaborate as best as I can. It is very important to me to get the best possible answers, hence the reason why I’m asking all you good looking people… :) Also, I am new to this whole mortise machine thing, and I understand that they aren’t exactly made for what I am looking to do with it, however, there must be something out there that is capable of “helping” me out a bit. Thanks to anyone who can give some insightful feedback! All good feedback will be very appreciated!