Loose tenon mortising jig ??

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Forum topic by Sherry12 posted 07-26-2013 02:55 PM 1463 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2013 02:55 PM

Is there a loose tenon mortising jig that can make mortises from a single hole, up to 5” in length, 1” deep, and up to 1/2” wide that you could produce 50 plus per hour on ???

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#1 posted 07-26-2013 02:57 PM

Festool Domino. Gotta pay the cost to be the boss though.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 02:59 PM

lol, I cant wait to see if there are any good responses to this. 50+ mortises/hour?

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 03:07 PM

+1 Christmas is coming Pushing out 50 an hour might be tricky, but could get close on a router table or 3 tables with 1/2” straight bits set at 3 heights making the way to a full inch depth and stops set up for your 5” length…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 03:15 PM

Pick your winner.

50 an hour? Easy peasy.

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#5 posted 07-26-2013 04:00 PM

Try a plunge router if you have one. If not, I would invest in one. Use stop blocks to make sure you dont overstep your mortise length and take several passes going further and further down with each pass until you get your mortises cut. Once you get your stop block system down, it should go fairly quickly.

This is a decent video generally showing you the process of creating loose tenons with a router.

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#6 posted 07-26-2013 04:30 PM

5” wide, and 1” deep makes that a tough call. None I know of….cutting mortises that large might be tough to do 50/hour even if such a jig exists.

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#7 posted 07-26-2013 04:54 PM

I can do that on my overarm router. It’s wicked fast
at mortising cuts.

Plunging the mortises with muscle will slow you down -
you’ll get tired. The pneumatic plunge in an overarm
router removes that sort of fatigue from the

The Woodrat and similar setups often use a “plunge bar”
with a standard plunge router. This gives you a lot
of leverage in plunging. Still, an overarm router with
a template is faster… the machine is just hella
more powerful.


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#8 posted 07-26-2013 06:11 PM

What about a dewl jig you use them for dewl pens but it warks just as good.

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#9 posted 07-26-2013 09:20 PM

With that level of production I’d be begging for a domino.

As it is, I want one badly, but have some other priorities to handle first.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 03:02 AM

I’ve pretty much copied this guy’s technique with very good results … ...

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 03:11 AM

Bret built one check it out I’ll bet you could do 50 an hour once all set up

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 04:42 AM

Sanding2Day has the right/only answer. Prepare for a lot of chip cleanup. Festool Domino can’t do it.(period)

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#13 posted 08-02-2013 04:55 AM

a mortiser does just that:

the above is a commercial one, but it can also be jigged up with a router (albeit not as powerful). for a business with a plan to pop 50 an hour – getting a dedicated machine is probably the way to go.

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#14 posted 09-17-2013 03:54 PM

The short answer is “yes”. It will be on the market in the near future !! Easy, fast, accurate, repeatable, 1/4” – 4’+ stock, same unit mortises for edge gluing, handles 45º angles, affordable and MORE !

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