View Poll Results: How do you cut your Mortises

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  • Old School, Mortise Chisel only!

    0 0%
  • Drill the holes and clean up with a chisel.

    6 10.17%
  • I use a mortising attachment on my drill press.

    5 8.47%
  • I use a mortising machine.

    28 47.46%
  • I use a router/router based jig

    15 25.42%
  • Other (Please describe)

    5 8.47%
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Thread: How do you make your Mortises?

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    How do you make your Mortises?

    So, I'm thinking about getting a bench top mortiser, but thought I would ask you guys how you make your mortises?
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    It depends on how many you're going to make. If you only make mortises occasionally, drill them out and clean up with a chisel. If you are going to be making mortises every day, get a horizontal slot mortiser.

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    i've found the easiest way is with a dedicated mortising machine. you can hammer them out just as big or small as you want, and the best thing is, you don't have to clean up the corners.
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    I don't often have a call for mortises, but when I do, it's usually a bunch of them. Even though my benchtop mortising machine collects dust about 363 days of the year, it sure is handy when I need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I don't often have a call for mortises, but when I do, it's usually a bunch of them. Even though my benchtop mortising machine collects dust about 363 days of the year, it sure is handy when I need it.
    Which one did you get Vaughn? Just curious.
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    I use a 100+ year old foot operated Wysong Mortiser. It was really a production machine so I have done a little adapting but it works really well. It was a line shaft driven machine originally, babbit bearings. Someone butchered it and put on the electrics but to my surprise is works really well so I have left it alone and just use it as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Which one did you get Vaughn? Just curious.
    The Shop Fox. It was available locally, and had a bigger motor than most of the others in the same price range. The last review I recall seeing, it placed well, although the tilting General was rated higher.
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    Oh my! That's a Monster!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    I use a 100+ year old foot operated Wysong Mortiser. It was really a production machine so I have done a little adapting but it works really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    The Shop Fox. It was available locally, and had a bigger motor than most of the others in the same price range. The last review I recall seeing, it placed well, although the tilting General was rated higher.
    Yeah, I've been going back and forth between the grizz, shopfox, general, and woodtek... The general and wood tek seem like overkill, the grizz and the shopfox seem like they would be good, and probably very serviceable with a cross slide vice...
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    i have the delta mortise attachement, works great, worked great, I just bought the jet tabletop mortiser, its a pleasure to use. Easy quick set up, depth setup is great. Im sure most of the tabletop mortisers are similar.

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