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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Frank if we had a lot of mortise joints to do and on a daily basis then the dedicated mortiser would be good idea and not tie up our DPs but if you just mostly putter around in the shop then it's a different story, but that is a sweet deal.

Smitty I used a Shopsmith that belonged to someone else back in the early 70s and I don't understand why they aren't more popular. They are a very handy machine for a one person shop. Especially if your floor space is limited. I pretty much have tools that do everything that one will do but if I saw a good deal on one I'd still be tempted, but I rarely see one for sale even if it's a bad deal.

Tom the yoke that holds the chisel has to fit the diameter of the quill. I found this ad for it from Lowe's that says it fits quills of 66mm, 50.8, 48, and 38mm diameter. The sets I'm familiar with come equipped with 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and 1/2" chisels. Replacements are about $14- $17 for a chisel/drill bit pair. I snapped the drill bit on the original 1/4" one and had to replace it years ago.

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I have both but can't use the DP attachment for it doesn't fit the DP. It's a King mortising set that cost $99 and is still brand new. It doesn't fit the collar on my General Intl DP. So I bought a dedicated mortiser a couple of years ago and I love it. The limitations only apply to a very small % if mortising requirements and if I ever need those I'll go old school and drill with a Forstner bit and chisel it square. My mortising machine is the Canadian version of HF, named Busy Bee. They sell a brand named Craftex and it's not high end but works fine and only $199 when I bought it. My joiner is also a Craftex.
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I have an attachment for my drill press but it has a set of adaptors so it can be used on several different drill presses.

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