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Forum topic by emrhappy posted 39 days ago 255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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emrhappy

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39 days ago

I picked up a PM version of the 719A yesterday on CL… Traded an old taurus pt140 for it and I LOVE it! The onlything I wish it had was the tilting table. Does anyone know if the table support base can swapped out for the 719T table support base that swivels? Probably not, but doesn’t hurt to ask :)

-- I cut that thing twice and it's still too short!


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#1 posted 39 days ago

Nice score, that thing is a beast. I don’t know if the tables are interchangeable, but for the few times I have needed an angled mortise I just set my workpiece on an angled block.

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

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#2 posted 39 days ago

I think that would be a dubious upgrade. It would
be expensive, you’d be stuck with a part you could
not sell to recover even a small part of the expense.

I have the same mortiser. If you need to do an angled
mortise (pretty uncommon) a jig can be made. The travel
of the head is quite long. I don’t think I’ve never made
a mortise angled that way and I’ve been doing furniture
making for over 15 years.

You can angle tenons. Slot mortisers and loose tenons
make a lot of things easier for weird joinery angles.

I have about a dozen machines and jigs that make
a variety of joints. Choosing which to use is often a
matter of considering how durable and polished I want
the work to be and how much time I have to spend
fussing with the machine to make the joint.

All I’m saying is the more you get into this stuff the
bigger your vocabulary will get. Figure out what you
want to make, then figure out how to make it
with the tools you have.

Occasionally I still cut mortises with a mortise chisel
just because it’s easier to do that on a curved or
weird part than jig up a machine to do it.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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emrhappy

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#3 posted 39 days ago

Thanks pintodeluxe.. yea, like I said I love it! it’s the perfect size. Bigger and more powerful than a bench top but not as large as their HD model. For a small hobby shop I can’t justify the space or expense of a larger mortiser. I plan on adding a mobile base that will bring it up a little taller though as it’s just a little too low for my backs liking.

-- I cut that thing twice and it's still too short!

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emrhappy

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#4 posted 39 days ago

Thanks for the insight Loren… I spoke to powermatic tech support and he said I’d be looking at 438.00 in cast iron upgrades and a handful of other bits and pieces to connect everything, but that it is possible. Considering that a new 719T retails for around 1500 street price 12xx.00, I don’t think it’d be putting more money in than the machine would be worth, but like you said, I could use a wedge that would cost me say… nothin…lol.

That being said, the very few occasions (if any) that I would potentially need an angled mortise doesn’t seem to justify the expense. Worth noting, this thing also came with 8 brand new chisels and all the adaptors. The only thing I had to do was throw out the old MDF table (I’ll make another one) and deal with some surface rust on the cast iron tops, adjust the dovetail key ways to make the table slide a little better and give all the moving parts some much needed lubrication… Oh yeah and order a pin for the lower hinge on the door. The guy I got it from got it from a friend of his that for whatever reason was putting this in a scrap pile! I can’t for the life of me figure out why! I’ve already cut several test mortises and it’s perfect. You know what they say about one mans junk…

Couldn’t be happier at this point. I think I’ll just enjoy the find and save my money :)

-- I cut that thing twice and it's still too short!

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