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EdO

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04-21-2018 01:01 PM

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Hi
I want to put my mortiser out of the way when not in use. I have space under my workbench, so I was looking for a hydrolic lift shelf so it would be easy to bring up to working height. My shop is small, so I’m looking for ways to conserve space. I found on at Home Depot for a lift for a mixer, but am looking for other options.
Thanks Ed


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#1 posted 04-21-2018 03:16 PM

I made myself a rule a while back that if something was going to take up floor space, it had to include storage. For my bench top mortiser I build a 24×24 inch cabinet with three drawers and put it on locking casters. The mortiser is permanently mounted to it. When not in use I can roll it out of the way but still access the contents of the drawers.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 04-21-2018 05:42 PM

Try a search of the internet for lifts. Also there are various designs for scissor lifts you could build yourself.
Another thing I have seen on this web site is multi purpose benches that have a top that rotates. You could use this idea and have your work surface flip over with the mortiser mounted on one side.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-21-2018 05:54 PM

I have a hydraulic lift table. It’s junk though.
The foot mechanism for loosening and tightening
the valve on the jack is beyond poorly designed.

I bought it used so I can’t really complain, but
just be aware the cheap ones may not hold up.
I had a 10” INCA jointer which is a small but
wide jointer that weighs about 160 lbs. I wanted
to stow it under the wing of my table saw and
pull it out and jack it up when I needed it. I think
the jack worked once or twice but after that it
wouldn’t lift the jointer. The table is still a decent
wheeled platform though and I just lift it up by
hand and stick a screwdriver in one of the holes to
lock the height.

One of these days I may get around to fitting it
with an Acme screw or something to make it
lift again.

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#4 posted 04-21-2018 08:24 PM

I like the flip idea of Les B. It would provide a better support for a mortiser than a mixer lift.

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#5 posted 04-22-2018 11:18 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I’m very limited on space and what I can do. I have one spot left that i could put a small stand like Rich mentions, but I was hoping to avoid having to use that space. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Thanks
Ed

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Mike_D_S

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#6 posted 04-23-2018 04:07 AM

I’m not sure on the weight ratings, but I installed a sewing machine lift for my mom that felt pretty heavy duty. Might not be mortising machine weight rated, but had the right kind of motion.

Mike

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#7 posted 04-23-2018 08:59 PM

You can get bottle Jack’s for 3 dollars at a pull-a-part junk yard. Maybee a floor jack could work.

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#8 posted 04-23-2018 10:23 PM

I’ve had thoughts like this run through my head. In the end, I think it’s a neat concept to have a mortiser swing up and out of a cabinet, but it doesn’t really gain you any space. You’ll lose cupboard space to gain floor space.

I agree with Rich’s comment, a small cabinet on casters is the way to go. If you’re like me, I use the mortiser on every project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Lazyman

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#9 posted 04-23-2018 11:17 PM

If the mortiser can be attached upside down you may have the option of something that pivots under the bench or one of those portable tool stands with a flip top. Look at the grinder mount about half way down the page at the this link to the Family Handyman website.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 05-17-2018 06:16 PM

I went for the flip top portable tool stands, with my belt sander/disc sander on the other side. Still takes up floor space, but looks nice, and serves a double function.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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