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pashley

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2108 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mortise

I’ve seen kits to turn drill presses into mortise machines. Has anyone used them, and if so, your experience?

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lew

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#1 posted 2108 days ago

There was a post here a few days ago in this topic. If I remember correctly, most favored a dedicated setup. I had one but I eventually replace it with the dedicated type. It took time to setup. It would slip on the quill when I applied downward pressure- no matter how tight I made it. Now I am not much of a planner, but no matter how well I thought out everything, I always needed the drill press before I finished the mortises.

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Icemizer

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#2 posted 2107 days ago

Had one but in the end it was more trouble than it was worth. Bought a dedicated mortiser and am much happier with the operation.

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#3 posted 2107 days ago

I wouldn’t waste the money on the attachment. I have one that came with my Jet drill press and I used it once and it cracked right away. Jet sent me another one and I used it for a couple of mortises. It really puts a lot of stress on your drill press components. It’s easier to drill holes with your drill press then clean them up with a chisel.

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#4 posted 2107 days ago

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Bill White

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#5 posted 2104 days ago

I have one. Wanna buy it?
Bill

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doyoulikegumwood

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#6 posted 2104 days ago

i also have one and i wont sell it to you im not that meen

ps even this mortiser would be a better investment http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=35570

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ChicoWoodnut

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#7 posted 2104 days ago

I have to join the rest of the voices here. I had the Delta years ago and it was a pain in the butt. I takes a long time to set up and get centered. Not only that but it will eventually ruin your drill press. Most of the drill presses woodworkers use are cheap and light duty. They just aren’t made to produce the force necessary to push a square chisel through hard wood. As soon as I started noticing my drill press was getting sloppy I went out and bought a dedicated machine. I never looked back.

Remember, there are a lot of ways to make motises including drill bits and routers. I just like the fact that the dedicated machine is always sitting there begging to make mortises at a moments notice.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#8 posted 2104 days ago

Yikes!

I just looked at that HF mortiser. I think the force of the downstroke would turn that puny rack post into a noodle in no time.

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doyoulikegumwood

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#9 posted 2103 days ago

yes chico but its still a better invesment lol

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