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MrMeasureTwice

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977 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mortising kit adapter mortise chisel drill question jig

Howdy to the Dust and Chip gang of LumberJocks!

So, I am looking at getting a mortising kit for my 10 inch Craftsman benchtop drill press. Was at Rockler yesterday and the guy there said this kit was pretty good. It’s a Delta kit. THIS ONE

Has anyone used it? Is it built well/sturdy? Any other things I need to be concerned about besides fitting to the quill?

My guess is that since it is a Delta product it is probably pretty decent, but with all the cost cutting measures everywhere, I really don’t trust any company to produce quality stuff without first checking to see if “people in the know” have some feedback on a product. So, that’s why I am asking…

Thanks!!

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/


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Bill White

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#1 posted 977 days ago

I have one for my King Seely Craftsman floor DP. It will work, but not too well. The drill press won’t give ya enough leverage, and a bench top model will probably flex under the downward pressure needed for the chisel/drill. I keep the chisels and bits sharp. You will probably have to shim the quill for a good fit, and take down/re-assemble is a time eater. The spacing between the drill and chisel is critical.
If ya have a bunch of mortising to do a dedicated motiser is probably the best bet. Or, drill the mortises and clean up with a chisel.
You asked.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Alongiron

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#2 posted 977 days ago

If you buy the attachement for your drill press, you will not use it!!!!! Please save a few bucks and purchase a dedicated mortiser. I made the mistake of trying one of those attachements and it was a waste of money! I purchased the GO 645 and I use it ALL the time.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 977 days ago

You can have mine….does that tell you anything? PITA to set up. And it’s even a Delta….To tell you how long I’ve had it, it cost $35.00.
This same question was asked just a couple of days ago, and the same answers given….about all negitive…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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MrMeasureTwice

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#4 posted 977 days ago

Ah… OK, I will save up for a dedicated machine as I do have a lot to be done on my next few projects.

Thanks for the feedback – I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!

It’s like the Cheers bar for woodworkers!!!

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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teejk

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#5 posted 977 days ago

http://www.amazon.com/DELTA-14-651-Professional-Mortising-Machine/dp/B00006K00N

comes with 4 chisel/bit sets…not the best quality but mine have been in use for 10 years now and still going.

probably cheaper elsewhere but just giving you an idea of how little it costs for a dedicated machine that works just fine, takes very little space and you don’t have the negatives with the drill press option. I mounted mine on one side of a mobile work bench about 36” wide…enough to clamp support blocks on either side far enough away to make cuts quickly.

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doncutlip

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#6 posted 977 days ago

I started a thread similar to this a while back. I bought a Grizzly attachment for my drill press and was less than satisfied with it. First time setup is frustrating and time consuming. Really difficult to get the bit square to the fence. In the end my quill fell out and I just gave up on it (may try it again some day). Most of the responses in the other thread were against attachments, most say just buy a dedicated mortiser. That’s what I’ll do eventually, but I did notice the prices are quite a bit higher than last year when I looked at them.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Howie

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#7 posted 977 days ago

Got one(Delta) and after fiddling with it for a year (and buying another quill attachment to fit my Ridgid DP) I bought a dedicated one. My suggestion is save your money and buy a dedicated mortiser unless you are only going to cut about 6 a year.

-- Life is good.

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woodworm

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#8 posted 977 days ago

I did try using Drill Press mortising attachment – not so good for the job. Take good advice by Howie.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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HamS

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#9 posted 977 days ago

When I saw this thread I was going to offer you mine, then I read the posts and Rick beat me to it.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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Howie

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#10 posted 977 days ago

@Ham and Rick….maybe we could combine ours and use them for a boat anchor!!!!

-- Life is good.

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 977 days ago

Howie,

Do you think they would be heavy enough to hold down a big bass boat? I’d need all 3 to keep it from drifting away….:) But unfortunatily I don’t anchor much….I’m on the trolling motor moving down the bank looking for the elusive bass…...But you did give me a good idea if I ever need an anchor….....lol.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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HamS

1115 posts in 987 days


#12 posted 977 days ago

The elusive bass is probably sing the wrong note.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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mcase

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#13 posted 976 days ago

If you have a good plunge router you might be happier with the Mortise Pal $169.00. I have both a dedicated mortiser and the Mortise Pal. I use the Mortise Pal 10 to one over the mortiser.

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489tad

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#14 posted 976 days ago

Mine is collecting dust. I could never get it to work well. Plung router and mortise jig is what I use.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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MrMeasureTwice

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#15 posted 976 days ago

Thanks mcase – I had not looked that direction – I am at a premium for space in my shop (who isn’t???), so I am always interested in extending t he usefulness of a single device or tool to multi-functionality…

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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