Mortising machines are really specialized drill presses that combine an auger with a hollow chisel to bore square holes. The auger removes most of the waste, while the chisel edges shear off remaining material on the sides of the cut.
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- Tool Test: Benchtop Mortisers
The hollow-chisel mortiser cuts square holes quickly and accurately. The machine’s head is fitted with a square, hollow chisel with a drill bit running through ...
- Video: How to Sharpen Hollow Chisel Mortising Bits
Learn to sharpen your hollow chisels for cleaner mortises
- Mortisers for All Budgets
Found in almost every pro shop, the mortising machine is also a great time-saver for hobbyist woodworkers. Tim Albers tried out several different types to see which ...
- Video: A Stronger Benchtop Mortiser
Powermatic unveils a heavy-duty mortiser in a small package
- Video: Tool Review: 1-hp Mortising Machines
The $1,000 machines are bigger, beefier, and mightier than benchtop models, but there are a lot of differences in adjustment mechanisms, clamps and lever arms
- All About Hollow-Chisel Mortisers
- Benchtop Mortisers
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 ...
- Tool Test: 1-hp Mortisers
In this tool review, Roland Johnson puts seven beefy, floor-standing mortisers through their paces and evaluates how they performed. Properly set up and used, he ...
- Benchtop Machines Make Mortising Affordable
Bernie Maas takes a look at six affordable benchtop mortisers and explains their history and how they work. He compares the machines’ amps, depth control, head ...
- Using a Hollow-Chisel Mortiser
John W. West’s business often tackles limited production jobs, where he says he’d be lost without his manual, foot-operated hollow-chisel mortise machine. It’s ...