Fixed Position Routing

Under this heading I collect all those horizontal-routcr-tablc operations you can do with the slot mortiser. There's a bunch of them: tenoning, slotting ar.d grooving, rabbeting, muting moldings, raising panels.

In each of these operations, the work is fed into or over the bit. So to set up the slot mortiser fur them, you set the Iat-eral-travel stops against the chassis sides, locking the router in

Horizontal Tenoning

one position. Then you've got a horizontal router table.

To cut a groove with a straight bit, you adjust the bit extension and the vertical position.Tbrn on the muter, and feed the work across the bit. If you are doing an end-grain cut, xs in tenoning, use a push-block sled to feed and back up the workpiece

Before you embrace these operations, you should weigh the impact of them on the bench under which the mortiser is mounted. In all the mortising operations, the bit is above the tabletop. It never cuts the tabletop. But for nearly all the fixed-position operations, the bit is partially buried in the tabletop.

So the question is: Do I want a bit cutout in the tabletop?

If you do tenoning only, then the injury to the tabletop is fairly m<xlest,a '/^Inch-wide. 1- to 1 '/^-inch-long slot. If you raise panels or rout moldings, the tabletop will develop a significant crevice that's an inch or more wide and even longer. I think this is a downside.

These operations arc possible. You decide whether they arc advisable.

To rout a groove with the slot mortiser, lock router in position, then feed the workpiece past it. Your position behind the router makes the feed action different than with a regular router table.

tenon. That not only saves expensive cabinet wood, but also makes the sizing of pieces more straightforward and makes the woodworker less prone to dumb mistakes. And, once in a while, the savings in wood makes the difference between almost enough and barely enough. These are the occasions when you can gaze at your slot mortiser and smile.

1. Rip a length of rough stock to the rough width of the tenon.

2. Resaw to just over the desired thickness.

3. Surface to the desired thickness.

4. Joint one edge.

5. Rip to accurate width.

6. Round-over the edges on the router table.

One advantage of loose-tenon joints is that parts no longer need to be sized to include an integral

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