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02-25-2015 01:35 AM

I am planning my first quality hardwood project. I want to make it with traditional joinery such as mortise and tenons.

I had planned on using a router to make the Mortises, and round off the tenons. After reading a lot on this seems more people, if they have the resources, lean more towards a Square Mortises machines.

To get a Mortise machine that goes up to 3/4 square holes is over $300.

Also a question. If you have a Mortise machine that goes up to a max of 1/2 wide mortise, can one make it 3/4 by say using 2 holes using a 3/8s drills.

I find that hard to believe since I would think that the bit would wonder into the first hole…

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 01:47 AM

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 03:32 AM

I think I would go with a router jig set up. Clamp your work piece horizontally, use a template and guide bushing with plunge router and cut mortise. I would go with loose tenons rounded.

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 03:39 AM

It just depends on the level of perfection you need.

If you want clean, square holes, make the investment in a proper mortiser. One with an X Y vise\table is worth the extra effort\investment IMO.

But, I do custom cabinetry where clients demand that no nails or screws are used with solid hardwoods.

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 04:31 AM

Yes, you should have no problem doing a double row of cuts with a mortiser. The chisels are very stiff and rigid and shouldn’t flex unduly. I often cut a mortise where the last cut uses only half the chisel width, and I have never noticed any flexing.

I know there are people who disagree with this. I can only report on my own experience.

If you are considering a drill press mortiser, you may be disappointed. Most people despise those, and come away convinced that machine cut mortises aren’t worth the bother.

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 01:41 PM



It just depends on the level of perfection you need.

If you want clean, square holes, make the investment in a proper mortiser. One with an X Y vise able is worth the extra effortinvestment IMO.

But, I do custom cabinetry where clients demand that no nails or screws are used with solid hardwoods.

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Great set up there

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 02:29 PM

Have one of your girlfriends get you a Domino.

Yeppers

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 12:48 AM



Have one of your girlfriends get you a Domino.

Yeppers

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 01:22 AM

I have used a drill press mortise for years with no ill effects. It is a pain in the a$$ but it works for the very few mortises I make.

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 01:40 AM

I use a plunge router and templates. IMO, it is much faster and cleaner than the bench top mortisers.

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 02:18 AM

Why do the router mortise JIG/templates cost way more than my router or a Mortise drill???

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 02:23 AM

Mortisepal is out of business

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