LumberJocks

How do you mortise?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Manitario posted 614 days ago 1684 views 1 time favorited 66 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Manitario's profile

Manitario

2298 posts in 1508 days


614 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question

Hey all, I am curious how everyone cuts their mortise’s. I have tried a couple of different methods (hand cut, router, drill press) and not really been satisfied with ease and/or accuracy. I know that there are probably as many different ways of cutting mortises as their are LJ’s; how does everyone do theirs?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil


66 replies so far

View Grandpa's profile

Grandpa

3073 posts in 1300 days


#1 posted 614 days ago

I bought a Porter Cable mortising maching. Benchtop model and it works great for me.

View Brandon's profile

Brandon

4138 posts in 1576 days


#2 posted 614 days ago

I really depends on the type of mortise for me. Larger ones I will drill out and square up with a 1/2” mortise chisel. Other ones, I’ll use a mortising machine for, especially when I have a lot of them to make.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

View BigYin's profile

BigYin

229 posts in 1041 days


#3 posted 614 days ago

mortising machine – chisel if i have to…

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

View waho6o9's profile

waho6o9

4821 posts in 1202 days


#4 posted 614 days ago

I cut my mortises incorrectly.
Once in a while it’s presentable.
Grandpa has the best solution.

View Don Broussard's profile (online now)

Don Broussard

1926 posts in 876 days


#5 posted 614 days ago

Appropriately-sized Forstener bit in a drill press with depth stops set, then clean up with a hand chisel.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View Manitario's profile

Manitario

2298 posts in 1508 days


#6 posted 614 days ago

hmmm…mortising machine…I have been debating buying one and I am curious how many LJ’s use them…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

View BigMig's profile

BigMig

257 posts in 1238 days


#7 posted 614 days ago

I’ve used a mortising attachment in a drill press and with careful setup – it works well.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

View derosa's profile

derosa

1533 posts in 1461 days


#8 posted 614 days ago

Mortising machine for most, on the really big stuff drill and chisel.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

View Wdwerker's profile

Wdwerker

332 posts in 858 days


#9 posted 614 days ago

Domino machine by Festool. Used to use a hollow chisel mortice attachment on my drill press.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

View iamwelty's profile

iamwelty

227 posts in 1740 days


#10 posted 614 days ago

I have a cheap harbor freight mortiser- but I added a cross slide vice to it. I actually get great mortises that are uniform and very easy to set up.

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

3318 posts in 1438 days


#11 posted 614 days ago

Benchtop mortising machine. Mine is a Delta. Never Looked back.

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

View Mark Smith's profile

Mark Smith

491 posts in 665 days


#12 posted 614 days ago

I use my CNC.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112008 posts in 2202 days


#13 posted 614 days ago

I have a mortice machine and a Multi router. But it seems the festool domino might be a good way to go if you squeeze it in your budget.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View GMatheson's profile

GMatheson

420 posts in 1594 days


#14 posted 614 days ago

I use a mortise machine. I have a Steel City. Sometimes I use the mortise chisels if I’m not in a rush.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

View 404 - Not Found's profile

404 - Not Found

2544 posts in 1594 days


#15 posted 614 days ago

I use a router to the depth of the haunch, then take out the full depth of the tenon with a benchtop morticer. This works for me because the hold down and fence on my morticer are pretty lame, the groove cut with the router keeps the mortice chisel in exactly the right place.

showing 1 through 15 of 66 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase