Making mortises by hand takes patience and a lot of practice, and dedicated mortising machines cost hundreds (or thousands) of dollars and take up valuable shop real estate. Luckily, there is a middle ground: if you already own a drill press you can buy an attachment to convert it into a mortising machine. Northern Industrial Tools will sell you a kit with everything you need to get started making mortises on your drill press for $40.
This cast iron mortising attachment fits drill presses with quill diameters of 52.5, 55, 58, and 60mm. Also packaged in the plastic carrying case are four chisels sized 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and 5/8″.
At this price, it’s going to be hard to keep one of these out of the Toolmonger shop. Have any of you tried it out?
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