Homemade Slot Mortiser Has all the Right Moves
Way back in the seventies and eighties, Fine Woodworking used to run the ocassional story on how to build your own shop tools. I can recall reading about homemade bandsaws, lathes, crosscut saws, you name it. And while we don’t really cover the topic anymore (it’s a bit too esoteric for the wider audience), I’ve got a soft spot for those folks out there who by way of brilliant minds and a penchant for engineering, are able to concoct their own machinery–machinery that gets the job done and doesn’t simply get built only to collect dust in some forgotten corner of the shop closet.
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This little gem definitely falls under that category. Matthias Wandel’s home-built slot mortiser features a single control arm that controls not just side-to-side motion, but back-and-forth as well. He’s even got a click-stop setting that’s brilliantly engineered to allow him to keep track of his settings in a super-precise manner.
It seems as though we see similar machines about once a year here at the office of FWW. Last May we were sent a beautiful machine that Matt Kenney had a chance to test out and demonstrate in one of our Quick Cuts videos. For a detailed plan on how to build a similar machine, be sure to check out Greg Paolini’s article from FWW #174 on how to build a Shopmade Slot Mortiser.
Homemade Slot Mortiser Really Shines
Don’t have $1,000-plus to spend on a slot mortiser? For far less, this woodworker built his own.