Mortise Pal

A first look at the Mortise Pal.  I think the one I have here is a prototype because there is a new one soon to be available (in time for the Melbourne Show) which has an increased capacity, and has an anodised black finish.

I’ll do a video of it in the near future, and hopefully will be able to show the commercial version in that.  For once, it will actually be part of a project, and not just a show ‘n’ tell, as I need to make a crafts table and chairs for my (near) 2 year old daughter, and want to use the loose tenons as part of the construction.

Anyway, to the first look bit, here ’tis!

Mortise Pal

Mortise Pal

It consists of a clamping arrangement to attach to the workpiece, and a independantly movable portion which holds the template for the router to follow.

Underneath the Mortise Pal

Underneath the Mortise Pal

The template fitted here is for metric tenons (a tenon fits into a mortise…the mortise is the ‘slot’, just to clear up the terminology a bit!)

Mortise and Tenon

Mortise and Tenon

(The mortise is in the top piece of timber, and the floating tenon is the bottom bit!)

There are a number of templates available (not all will necessarily be available), and it also includes a dowelling template.  Now the holes are much larger than the tenon, or dowel, and that is because it is actually for the template guide attached to the router to follow!

Various Templates

Various Templates

Not all routers have the ability to fit a template guide, so Professional Woodworkers Supplies has worked with Woodpeckers to produce this universal base as an optional addition.  Again, this is a prototype.

Router Universal Base

Router Universal Base

To align the base on the router, and to get clean mortise cuts, a couple of bits are used – particularly a spiral upcut bit for a plunging cut that is very clean.

Spiral Router Bit and Alignment Bit

Spiral Router Bit and Alignment Bit

I’ll have more info when I have a chance to put the device through its paces, but it is intruguing never-the-less.

Loose Tenon Joinery

Loose Tenon Joinery

Monster Demo Day – Carbatec

Carbatec are having what they are terming a “Monster Demo Day” at their Melbourne location on Friday 17 October that might be of interest to some:

From 10am until 2pm, the Tormek T3 (which is the replacement model for the 1206) will be shown, and

From 12pm until 4pm, the Fein Multimaster will be put through its paces.

There is an obvious overlap in the times, so 12 until 2 gets you “two for the price of one” 😉

I might head down myself for a peek if I can sneak away!

Melbourne Wood Show Floor Plan

Talk about last minute, but at least we have the floor plan for the wood show, so we can start planning “the assault”

Start drawing up the battle plans boys (and girls) 🙂

(Click the image for a larger version)

Melbourne Wood Show

Melbourne Wood Show

Still no Stu’s Shed stand – perhaps one day (at the moment, the cost would be phenomenal and I don’t exactly make money from this!!)

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