Gary Rogowski chopped his first mortise in red oak by hand, learning a lot along the way and sharpening his chisel frequently. Then he bought a router. Here, he explains how to choose the right bit and how to cut a mortise using a fixed-base router, a router table, and a plunge router. This detailed article shows a variety of methods he uses to cut mortises, and it includes a how-to on building a template and guide, as well as a U-shaped mortising fixture.

From Fine Woodworking #121