Bench Top Mortiser

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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A bench top mortiser allows you construct joints on cabinets, tables, chairs, and a variety of other products. You could use your Tradesman drill press to help you with mortise and tenon joints, or you could simply buy a bench top mortiser, which is designed expressly for that same purpose. It all depends on much consolidation of tools you're seeking, which is itself a function of how much real estate is at your disposal.

Let's say that you have ample garage space and can afford to add a bench top mortiser to your drill press, table saw, and other woodworking equipment. The primary advantage of this is that you now own a piece of equipment that's better suited to drilling square holes than a drill press with a mortise attachment. And you don't have to sacrifice any power or accuracy in doing so.

The Specs of the Bench Top Mortiser

A good bench top mortiser offers up more than 1700 RPM with nearly one horsepower, impressive specs for a compact machine. Additionally, you receive twin-column construction, a spring counterbalance, and oversized gears for unmatched longevity. All of this is backed by a full two-year warranty on parts and labor, so you're entirely protected in the event of a defect.

The best part is that you can take home a quality mortiser for a fraction of the cost of an industrial-strength drill press or table saw. While prices vary from seller to seller, it's not uncommon to find reliable mortisers for about 250 dollars. Some retailers will offer value packages as well, which combine chisel bits, protective wear, and other accessories into one box at a respectable discount.

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