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How Do You Cut Your Mortises

Hi everyone,

Was just wondering how everyone likes to cut their mortises. I'm limited to a drill press and chisel so I only have done it in this manner. So what do you prefer? Plunge router, mortiser, drill press or just skip it altogether and pocket screw it haha.
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Prefer doing it by hand if time allows but I have a PM701 if it's a rush.
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I do the router method

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6 or more, I set up the mortising attachment. less than that, forstner bits and a chisel
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Forstner bits and a chisel. If possible I do the hand screw guide trick to keep the chisel straight...

I REALLY want a good bench top mortiser. And although I am no Harbor Freight hater, I am less than impressed by their very affordable machine, and am plunking my quarters in a jar for a Shop Fox 3/4 HP machine and a set of chisels...

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Don't buy your mortise chisels at HF either.

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I use a plunge router.
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Mainly drill, chisel and mallet. But I have used the plunge router a couple time and found that for me set-up is too much of a time sucker...

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I use a brace and bit; then chisels. I just finished a patio table in white oak. The method got faster with each joint.
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Let me start by saying I love jigs. I will spend all day making jigs to make a 30 minute project. This is one of the jigs I made in order to build my own cabinet doors. This jig cuts the Mortis in the end of the style at a 45* angle. So this is how I cut mortises.
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Forgot to add this. If I was working in the middle of a board I use a router with a jig to keep the router straight.

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I use a brace and bit; then chisels. I just finished a patio table in white oak. The method got faster with each joint.
That's how I made a window bench (70+ motises), the first couple took all day, the last few just minutes. When I finally got a grill press, I found M/T joinery isn't a big deal.

I like using a bit and brace (I have three). I can relate to workers from the past, and the sound is easy on the ears.
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I use a drill pres with a cross slide vise. For a cutter I use either a straight cut router bit or an mill end bit.
I also have recently started using a Grizzly mortising machine.

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Drill press attachment.

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Forstner bits and a chisel. If possible I do the hand screw guide trick to keep the chisel straight...

I REALLY want a good bench top mortiser. And although I am no Harbor Freight hater, I am less than impressed by their very affordable machine, and am plunking my quarters in a jar for a Shop Fox 3/4 HP machine and a set of chisels...
What is the hand screw guide trick ?

I clamp a piece of square stock down at the ends of my mortises to guide the chisel down straight on the ends. After I get about an inch deep or so I then remove the square stock as the end wall of the mortise gives me a sufficient guide.
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I think it's the same think Sankofa, just using a handscrew for the guide instead since it clamps by the mortise.
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Simple, if possible, you clamp down your hand screw clamp to the work piece, with the edge lined up to the side of the mortise. You rest the back of the chisel against the side of the hand screw, and use the hand screw to keep the chisel upright... I got the idea from a video I saw years ago. It was probably NYW before Norm got his mortiser...

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Thanks.

Ive been looking to buy some hand screws and some f type clamps.

Right now Ive just got a couple of large c clamps and it is sort of a pain trying to hold a block of wood square on a line while tightening the c clamp.
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I got lucky one day i walked into sears tool dept. Just killing time. They had just gotten a mortising machine to sell. I had just seen the machine at the woodworking show with another name on it and had an idea what it was worth. They were selling it for $85.00. I bought it.
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I got lucky one day i walked into sears tool dept. Just killing time. They had just gotten a mortising machine to sell. I had just seen the machine at the woodworking show with another name on it and had an idea what it was worth. They were selling it for $85.00. I bought it.
nice! sounds cheap. does it work well?
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