A dedicated mortising machine (see page 14) works great for making mortises. But there is a less expensive alternative — a mortising attachment for your drill press. The only problem with these attachments is that typically they come with a dinky fence and a pair of wimpy clamps (see photo at left). Which is probably why my mortising attachment sits on a shelf gathering dust.
But recently, I was talking to Ted Raife, one of our assistant editors. Ted has used a mortising attachment on his drill press for years and really likes it. Then I found out why. One of the first things Ted did when he got his mortising attachment was to throw away the fence assembly that came with it. In its place, he built an adjustable table to hold the workpiece securely.
I asked Ted to bring his table in so I could have a closer look. (That's Ted's jig sitting on the
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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.