Cheap and Simple Slot Mortiser Plans
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Sooner or later, most avid furniture makers fall under the intoxicating spell of the slot mortiser. While cutting individual mortise-and-tenon joints the old fashioned way can be therapeutic and fun-being faced with a larger project, or a contract to build an entire kitchen’s worth of cabinets can be more than a bit daunting.
But the cost of a decent machine can vary anywhere from around $500, all the up way up to over $2,500. That’s not exactly chump change, and we’ve featured plenty of great shop-built models here at FineWoodworking.com. Case-in-point: furniture maker Greg Paolini’s home-brewed machine. You can catch a video tour of his homemade slot mortiser here. Plus, members can download the original project plan article and take a stab at building their own.
Paolini’s slot mortiser is fully adjustable on three separate axes and doesn’t require any high-priced hardware. Basic materials include some high quality multi-ply, MDF, aluminum T-track, a router baseplate, and two De-Staco clamps. Watch Greg’s video for even more information.
Build a Shopmade Slot Mortiser
Learn how to build this simple, economical slot mortiser.
Don't let the simple design fool you. This shopmade device, constructed primarily of MDF, makes it easy to cut countless mortises quickly and accurately.