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Forum topic by dustycajun posted 05-09-2015 12:41 AM 582 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dustycajun

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05-09-2015 12:41 AM

Question i have several mortise and tenon to make im looking at a shop fox mortiser for 200 is it feasible and do i need a mortiser or can i do this with a plunge router

-- klcrd


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#1 posted 05-09-2015 01:23 AM

There are Pros and Cons of Routers for Joinery. Many use a drill press and chisels to make mortises, many use a mortiser like the shop fox, and there are professional mortise and tenon machines for the large shops.

That being said, if you have the plunge router already then by all means use it, however, you will need a jig that is either purchased or shop made. The other problem is that the router makes mortises with semicircular ends. This is why many use floating tenons which can be easily made in the shop.

I will be interested in other LJ’s and what they advise. Remember all you can do with the shop Fox mortiser is make mortises which is not as easy as it appears.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 01:36 AM

So your siggestion would be a plunge router with a jig i do have s large drill press i could get a mortise attachment

-- klcrd

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 01:43 AM

The mortise attachment I bought for my floor standing drill press is garbage. I would seek other opinions on them before you buy one.

What exactly are you making that requires the M&T joints?

I rarely use anything other than a shop made plywood jig and a plunge router. You do have to make the tennon stock but that is cheap and easy. There are a couple pics on this thread that show how I make my mortises. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/95250

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 01:45 AM

I also just realized that the thread I linked is yours. I guess you have already seen my opinion and pics.

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#5 posted 05-09-2015 01:47 AM

Really like the.jig. that seems easy i got some 4×4 l want to use for farm table legs maybe the router method would suffice.

-- klcrd

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#6 posted 05-09-2015 02:10 AM

The key to a good joint using the router method is jig design. If you design with the idea of using the same jig for the legs and the aprons and are referencing from the same faces you will eliminate errors. The size of your tenon stock will be right because the same jig makes the same size mortise in both parts.

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