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post #1 of 5 Old 05-19-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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mortiser vs router mortise jig

I would like your opinions on the pros and cons of a dedicated mortiser verses a shop made router mortising jig other than the obvious costs. Are there any significant advantages?
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I had a mortiser and used it a few times. I then tried the router jig method and liked it better. Drawback to using router is you either have to round off your tenons or square up your mortise once routed. So far I have found rounding off the tenon doesn't take that much work and it does make for a nice tight fit. I'm about to start a new project this weekend and I will make floating tenons, so I'll just round off the edges.

I like the router option better... sold my mortiser after giving it a try.
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I have both a desktop powermatic mortiser and a mortisepal jig. I find that they both have their place in my shop. The mortisepal is faster but the mortising machine is favored for through mortises and tenons. It is good to have more than one way to accomplish a task.

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I love mortise and tenon joints, and use them often. I like a dedicated mortising machine for small to mid size stock, such as a face frame. The dedicated machine is also invaluable for large jobs. For large or odd shaped pieces I like to use a router, so I think it just depends on what you are going to be using it for the most.

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Mortise jig

Cant do these hollow chisel loose tenon much better in my opinion
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