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Manitario

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12-14-2012 10:45 PM

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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?

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Grandpa

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 10:46 PM

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

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 10:49 PM

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.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 10:53 PM

mortising machine – chisel if i have to…

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 10:53 PM

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

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 10:56 PM

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

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Manitario

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 10:56 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 10:59 PM

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

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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derosa

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 11:50 PM

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

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Wdwerker

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 12:07 AM

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

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iamwelty

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 12:09 AM

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.

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#11 posted 12-15-2012 12:11 AM

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

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Mark Smith

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#12 posted 12-15-2012 12:11 AM

I use my CNC.

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#13 posted 12-15-2012 12:11 AM

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.

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#14 posted 12-15-2012 12:41 AM

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

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#15 posted 12-15-2012 12:43 AM

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.

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