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Wedged Sliding Mortise Gauge

Make your own copy of this precision vintage tool. by Peter Follansbee from the December 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Even after two years of working alone, I can still hear the visitors to my museum shop where I worked for 20 years: “My grandpa was a carpenter….” It’s a line...

Wedged Mortise and Tenon

Wedged Mortise and Tenon This joint will never loosen! By Tom Caspar   Tap, tap, tap. The wedges go home, the glue squeezes out and a big smile lights up your face. “This joint isn’t coming apart for a hundred years,” you say. “It’s as solid as a rock!” Making a...

AW Extra 1/16/14 – Mortise Centering Jig

Mortise Centering Jig With this jig I can rout mortises exactly centered on the workpiece— no measurement or layout necessary. First I drilled and tapped two holes in my router base plate to take 10-32 machine screws. Both holes were located directly opposite each other along a line that runs through...

Mortising by Machine

Q & A: Mortising By Machine Q: I’m having trouble with my mortising machine. I cut mortises by slightly overlapping each hole, but I’ve broken a few bits and my chisels have overheated and turned blue. Is there a problem with my method? A: Yes, there’s a better method than overlapping...

Installing a Half-Mortise Door Lock

During the 18th century, locks were often used on casework to secure spices, important papers, jewelry and other valuables. The most commonly used type of lock fits into a half-mortise (a mortise that’s open on one side). I use a combination of power tools and hand tools to create those half-mortises–the...

AW Extra 11/8/12 – Master Your Mortiser

Master Your Mortiser Shop-tested techniques guarantee great results. By George Vondriska The first time I used my benchtop mortiser was almost my last. It was tedious to set up, difficult to operate and my results stunk. But now the mortiser is my first choice whenever I have mortises to cut. It...