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04-29-2015 01:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hi i have a table to build and need to cut some mortise in the legs for tenons on the apron whats the best way to accomplish this without having to purchase a mortise machine any suggestions would be appreciated

Whats the best way to cut mortise in table leg without a mortise machine

-- klcrd


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#1 posted 04-29-2015 01:27 AM

A mortise chisel comes to mind.

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 01:30 AM

I prefer to use a plunge router with a small plywood jig. The slot in the jig determines the length of the mortise and the guide bushing n the router base only allows the router to move in one direction. I also use spiral upcut bits. I use loose tenon stock I make in the shop, you could use a chisel to square the corners after you cut the slot if you want to use traditional tenons.

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 01:31 AM

I used floating tenon for years before I got a machine.

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 01:34 AM

If you notice in the pictures there is a spacer between the jig fence and the part I am cutting. The jig is made to be centered on the thicker of the two mating parts. The 7/8 spacer makes the same jig able to cut the mortise in both parts.

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 01:38 AM



A mortise chisel comes to mind.

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Nuf said ;^)

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#6 posted 04-29-2015 01:42 AM



Whats the best way to cut mortise in table leg without a mortise machine

- dustycajun

Lots of ways. Do you have a router? A jig like was posted works very well. If not, drilling out the majority of the waste and cleaning out with a chisel works well. You could even chop the whole thing out with a chisel without drilling.

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#7 posted 04-29-2015 01:52 AM

Buy a set of Forstner bits, then you’ll usually have a bit the right size for the mortise you intend to cut. Draw your mortise to size and then use the right size bit. Drill overlapping holes, but don’t get them so close that there is not enough wood to guide the bit. This way you’ll have the size already determined and you just need to clean out between holes.

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#8 posted 04-29-2015 02:05 AM

Dusty, that router jig of Joey’s looks pretty darn good. He’s on to something with it. I’m gonna save this for later reference. Thanks Joey!

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#9 posted 04-29-2015 03:10 AM

You might be surprised how useful a benchtop hollow chisel mortiser can be. I bought my first mortiser for a hundred dollars and made thousands of mortises with it before I upgraded to a bigger machine.
I bet I could spend that on a new set of bench chisels at the woodworking show.

I tried cutting mortises by hand, but the workpiece suffered damage on the back side from my workbench. My mortises weren’t exactly accurate either.

I like routers, but don’t use them to cut deep mortises very often.

Good luck finding your preferred method.

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#10 posted 04-29-2015 04:31 AM

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#11 posted 04-29-2015 11:20 AM

Thanks. My question is with a mortiser can larger pieces like 4×4 be used with these bench top machines.

-- klcrd

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#12 posted 05-09-2015 03:21 AM



Thanks. My question is with a mortiser can larger pieces like 4×4 be used with these bench top machines.

- dustycajun


Yes, however, it depends on the mortiser capacity and how you support the weight of the overhanging leg. It would be much easier with router.

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#13 posted 05-09-2015 03:28 AM

Mortisers can be awesome. Mortising by hand isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it either.

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