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Thread: I felt like I was Stu (for a while)

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    I felt like I was Stu (for a while)

    I felt just like Stu for a while yesterday. I had this great idea only it wasn't so great. Sort of was a bad idea actually. Then I didn't feel like Stu any more.

    Looking at the Mortisers and just not happy with spending $300 to get a good one. Keep looking a the drill presses thinking/wishing/hoping I could just dedicate one of them. Looked at the Delta and was thinking about just buying a x-y vice for it and a mortising attachment. But I was concerned about the table moving under a load. Then I looked at the base and thought " I can attach the vice to the base! Get rid of the table and just lower the head down the column" Genius idea and dirt cheap. If it doesn't work out I just put the Drill Press back together.

    Of course, after a while I saw some flaws in my plan. 2" of travel on the spindle. No good way to raise the head for taller pieces, ....Then I felt kind of STUpid.

    It felt nice to be Stu for a few minutes anyway,

    Jeff
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 02-21-2007 at 06:35 PM.
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    Jeff,

    However...if you had a Steel City DP, with 6" of quill travel, you could have increased your "Genius" level a few inches...and maybe gotten 15 minutes of being "Stu"...


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    HEY............. I resemble those remarks

    Man, the number of ideas like that I've had, but thankfully I've learned to let the ideas percolate on the back burner a day or three, just to let them work out a bit, 99% of the time I too say "Well that was a STU-pid idea!"

    The DP mortisers SUCK large, I'd spend the $300 if you were going to do a lot of them, otherwise, just drill them, and break out the chisels!
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    I can't say stupid without thinking STU_pid now. You ruined me.

    Been looking some more and I am leaning toward the General mortiser. Problem is the price. I can sure chisel out a lot of mortises for $300+. I could build me a nice drill press table and fence that would be used for lots of things and have money in my pocket. Probably have money left to be buy a nice shoulder plane too..... May have just talked myself out of one.

    Jeff
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Jeff,

    Check out the Steel City Mortiser... Regular $335, now on sale for $269...and they have a $50 rebate on top of that! Check out the base that extends out, rollers to hold material....nice unit.

    http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com/pr...y=3&tool=25200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Jeff,

    Check out the Steel City Mortiser... Regular $335, now on sale for $269...and they have a $50 rebate on top of that! Check out the base that extends out, rollers to hold material....nice unit.

    http://www.steelcitytoolworks.com/pr...y=3&tool=25200
    Greg, sometimes you are just cruel
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    Aw, I'm just tryin'g to help the boy out with his hole borin' stuff....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Greg, sometimes you are just cruel
    As I recall the "cruelty statute" only applies to animals, is there a distinct and underlying reference here?

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    I have looked at the Steel City. The thing with it is it has the same hold down as all the others. From a review I read all of the mortisers tested had the same problem. Poor hold downs, other wise they all worked about about the same.

    I read somewhere about modifying them and adding a x-y vice and the comments are that it makes a dramatic difference in the mortisers. At this point I am just looking. But I do have a lead on a used one with a vice. But I am in no hurry. Just looking to future. I may be building a dinning room suit with. are you ready? 10 chairs! That justifies a mortiser even to a frugal person like me.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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