Jointer mounted Mortiser - Usefull?

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Forum topic by Ziffster posted 03-20-2013 01:48 PM 1736 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2013 01:48 PM

I will shortly be upgrading my Jointer shortly and wondering what experience others have had with Jointer mounted mortisers like the one pictured below:

Are they any use – or are standalone bench top devices just as good (which often cost half as much as these accessories)?

I don’t do a whole lot of MT joints right since currently such a hassle (right now when I do make an MT joint I use my router to cut mortise & sliding bed table saw to cut tenon) instead taking the easy of either using a Kregg Joint or doing a biscuit joint.

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 01:55 PM

Seems like it would get in the way when walking boards down the bed.

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 02:00 PM

+1 with the above, unless that table collapses or takes down, it would definitely hang up on something.

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 02:02 PM

+2 with above. I like to be able to walk a long board through the jointer and the mortise attachment would be in the way. For M&T work I have a router mounted horizontally in a table that I use to cut the mortise.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 02:40 PM

I have never been a fan of multi-function machinery.


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#5 posted 03-20-2013 02:48 PM

Yes the unit comes off easily, but the European machines seem to take a better approach by mounting the Mortiser on the backside so it’s out of the way (unless you want to locate the unit against a wall).

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 04:11 PM

This seems like a reasonable way to increase the work output of the motor.

Each job usually requires resetting everything on a mortiser, so nothing would be lost in removing it and placing it on the back (or on a shelf) when it’s not in use.

I have the Laguna mortiser on a shopbuilt base and the footprint is a nuisance.

That said, I’d much rather mortise with the Laguna than with my Jet benchtop. The former is a sweet running finesse machine that does a great job and the latter is a bit on the crude in the hand-me-some-more- biceps sort of way.



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#7 posted 03-20-2013 04:29 PM

I had a Robland J/P with a mortiser on the side. The mortiser
was robust, accurate and fun to use. Setting it up was
quick too.

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