Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: First box joints with my slot mortiser!

  1. #1

    First box joints with my slot mortiser!

    Well I just used my slot mortiser to help make the Pantorouter. I needed to do some box joints for the base where you clamp your pieces and thought why not try it instead of the table saw. I clamped my resaw fence from the bandsaw to the table of the slot mortiser and clamped my pieces to it in the vertical position. I had a 1/4" router bit in it already so I used that since I already had it setup. Talk about simple! The only setup was for the depth of cut. Other than that just turn the crank the correct number of turns for the size bit you are using and get to it.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	009  (800 x 601).jpg 
Views:	42 
Size:	114.0 KB 
ID:	70244Click image for larger version. 

Name:	010  (601 x 800).jpg 
Views:	47 
Size:	121.1 KB 
ID:	70245

    I figure I would also attach a few pictures of the Pantorouter also. Still need to make some templates but that can wait till I get ready to start a project.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	005 (800 x 601).jpg 
Views:	54 
Size:	110.8 KB 
ID:	70246Click image for larger version. 

Name:	006 (800 x 601).jpg 
Views:	47 
Size:	102.9 KB 
ID:	70247Click image for larger version. 

Name:	007 (800 x 601).jpg 
Views:	48 
Size:	81.8 KB 
ID:	70248Click image for larger version. 

Name:	008 (800 x 601).jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	110.6 KB 
ID:	70249

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,008
    I'd say that was an undisputed success.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,357
    Great joints, but I can't wrap my head around the 'how'?
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    765
    Great looking joints! Looks like you have a raviong success!
    Billy B.

    "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

  5. #5
    Here you go Brent. I just went and reset up the slot mortiser to demonstrate cutting box joints with it.

    You cut the parts vertically and of course at least 2 at a time.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	001 (2).JPG 
Views:	29 
Size:	107.7 KB 
ID:	70274

    Clamp the pieces in place and set the stop on the mortiser to set how deep you want to cut them.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	001.JPG 
Views:	27 
Size:	107.0 KB 
ID:	70265
    Then set the bit at zero which should be with the bottom of the bit even with the top of the table and then crank the height adjustment 4 turns to get to 1/4".
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	002.JPG 
Views:	25 
Size:	93.4 KB 
ID:	70266Click image for larger version. 

Name:	003.JPG 
Views:	25 
Size:	99.7 KB 
ID:	70267
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	004.JPG 
Views:	24 
Size:	95.0 KB 
ID:	70268Click image for larger version. 

Name:	005.JPG 
Views:	24 
Size:	59.8 KB 
ID:	70269
    Make another 8 turns on the height adjustment and continue cutting till you reach the top.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	006.JPG 
Views:	25 
Size:	99.7 KB 
ID:	70270Click image for larger version. 

Name:	007.JPG 
Views:	25 
Size:	86.7 KB 
ID:	70271Click image for larger version. 

Name:	008.JPG 
Views:	24 
Size:	89.2 KB 
ID:	70272
    Once you reach the top unclamp and rotate your pieces end for end and continue the process but in the opposite direction by 8 turns at a time until you reach the bottom.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	009.JPG 
Views:	20 
Size:	79.9 KB 
ID:	70273

    Continued next post.....
    Last edited by Alan Bienlein; 09-09-2012 at 11:31 PM.

  6. #6
    Then insert the front and back pieces and turn the height adjustment to bring the cutter back to zero and proceed to cut moving the height adjustment 8 turns each time till you reach the top.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	010.JPG 
Views:	12 
Size:	98.1 KB 
ID:	70276Click image for larger version. 

Name:	011.JPG 
Views:	11 
Size:	95.7 KB 
ID:	70277Click image for larger version. 

Name:	012.JPG 
Views:	12 
Size:	97.0 KB 
ID:	70278
    Here is what they look like with out glue.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	013.JPG 
Views:	13 
Size:	80.3 KB 
ID:	70279Click image for larger version. 

Name:	014.JPG 
Views:	16 
Size:	74.4 KB 
ID:	70280

    I have no clue as to what make of bit I used other than it was 1/4" . Not even sure if it was hss or solid carbide. You can use any size bit you just need to turn the height adjustment the appropriate number of turns. Nothing to fuss with except to make sure your depth of cut is correct for the thickness of material your using.
    Last edited by Alan Bienlein; 09-09-2012 at 11:40 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Posts
    10,604
    Pictures are worth 1000 words. I couldn't get a grasp of it until you showed us. Awesome job Alan
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,357
    Thanks Alan!

    Wow! That's pretty darn slick. Looks great, and I'm sure there's a lot more it can do, at least from what I remember of seeing some woodworking shows that used something like that.
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 09-09-2012 at 11:58 PM.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    765
    Dang, Alan, you've been busy!
    Billy B.

    "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

  10. #10
    Well unbeknownst to me when I built the slot mortiser to do mortises I have also created a very accurate box joint jig. For a while I was lusting after the new I-box jig but couldn't justify the price since I didn't see myself making that many box joints. Well after playing with the slot mortiser making box joints I see alot of them in my future and I no longer see a need for the I-box.

    I went out in the shop today after work and decided to try a box joint with two different size fingers and this is what I came up with just by varying the number of turns on the height adjustment. This was done with a 1/4" router bit to give me 1/4" and 1/2" fingers and spaces.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	002.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	44.9 KB 
ID:	70354

    I'm going to make a few box's for LOML to store here packs of seasoning and gravy mixes in. I think I will use some contrasting woods to highlight the difference in the sizes of the fingers in the box joint.

Similar Threads

  1. Shop built horizontal slot mortiser
    By Alan Bienlein in forum Jigs and Fixtures
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 08-31-2012, 06:34 PM
  2. Routing a slot
    By Ron Roase in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-22-2010, 01:07 AM
  3. slot cutters?
    By larry merlau in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-04-2010, 11:50 PM
  4. slot jig???
    By Matt Dane in forum Jigs and Fixtures
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 06-22-2008, 03:35 PM
  5. Homemade slot mortiser
    By Joe Meazle in forum Jigs and Fixtures
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 04-13-2007, 06:58 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •