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Forum topic by Laughran posted 09-01-2014 12:35 AM 781 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2014 12:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router joining

For those of you that have bought the Mortise Pal, what if anything did you order with it?
Did you order your bits from Mortise Pal? What about your tennon stock, where do you buy that?
What size bits do you use the most?
In other words what did you find out you needed after you bought it?
Thanks for your time

-- David

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 12:53 AM

David, I have one and use it a lot instead of my POS hollow chisel mortiser. I got Whiteside bits (RU 2100, RU 4900 & RU 5200) from Amazon IIRC. I make my own tenons after cutting the mortises to ensure a tight fit. The bit diameter depends on what you intend to make-maybe 1/4” for picture frames, 3/8” for tables and 1/2” for beds. So far, I have used the 3/8” the most.

The bolts used to hold the jig onto the workpiece are brass so don’t over-tighten them which will stretch the threads. DAMHIKT. Feel free to PM me with any additional questions.

If I lost mine, I would replace it.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 11:08 AM

Thanks for the info Art
I think that I’ll start with a 3/8 bit and add more as needed
Is there any particular wood that you prefer to make your tenons with
Thanks again

-- David

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 12:21 PM

I ordered the extended range mortise template set to have additional size options. I usually make my loose tenons from the same stock as the pieces to be joined. A great way to consume the scraps and cut offs. I put the loose tenons in the microwave fro about 45 second before use. It shrinks them a bit and they swell up once they come in contact with the glue.

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 11:24 PM

Like Vincent, I use scraps from my current project, 99% of the time it is white oak.

Vincent, that is a great tip. I will try it next time. Thank you!

-- Art

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 11:40 PM

I started out with their 1/4” tenons

And just decided to buy the bit & bushing to come with the set.

The bit/bushing set is Whiteside (so that tells a lot) and it comes with a great centering pin. Best one I own. All 1/2 inch collet bit/bushing/pin.

Haven’t needed anything else.

Prolly going to get a little larger bit/bushing and I have been making my own tenons

You will love it.

I am using mine today to put the legs, rails and stiles on a cherry entry table.

Measure VERY closely and it is easy peasy.

I realty like doing my mortise layouts either with the stop that screws into the unit, or….... and here is an endorsement:

I like the Woodpecker Story Stick for getting PERFECT transfers on mortise marks from piece to piece.


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