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Benchtop Mortisers

Make mortises quickly and easily with these compact, square-hole-drilling machines

by Roland Johnson

When it comes to cutting mortises, there is no shortage of ways to get the job done. One of the most efficient is to use a mortising machine, also called a hollow-chisel mortiser. Roland Johnson put eight current benchtop mortisers to the test: Bridgewood HM-11, Delta MM300, Delta 14-651, Fisch BTM99-44252, General International 75-050T, Jet JBM-5, Shop Fox W1671, and Woodtek 138-224, to see how they stack up against each other.

From Fine Woodworking #178

From Fine Woodworking #178 , pp. 68 July 1, 2005

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