Mortising on the drill press – the basics

 

Drill presses are one of the cool tools to use in your Do It Yourself projects around the house because they can easily help you make different sizes of holes and they can drill on almost all types of materials, including the toughest ones. So, no matter if we’re talking about wood, metal, plastic, or any other kind of harsh material, a drill press will undoubtedly help you a lot.

What I like most about drill presses is their versatility. They can be used for a variety of purposes and, attaching the right accessories, they can really help you around the house with everything you can. So, next time you’re thinking about a DIY project, try to purchase a drill press first.

When it comes to useful accessories, mortisers can genuinely help you get the work done, as long as you know how.

Now, to be honest, I’ve been holding on to my bench top drill press for quite some years now and, even though I’ve had the mortising attachment as well, I was never confident enough to give it a try. However, as I started spending more time on my hobbies, I finally decided to use the mortiser myself, and I was actually amazed by how useful it is.

When it comes to precision woodcraft, drill presses are one of the most useful inventions of the current times. And, while regular drill presses help you get precise holes on any type of wood, mortiser attachments will help you create a square or a rectangular hole. For years, these type of holes have been cut by hand using a chisel, but, as the modern times appeared, so did a special machine called a mortiser.

So, if you’re looking to use an affordable drill press with a mortise, here is what I suggest you keep in mind:

 

The size of the drill press

Believe it or not, the actual size of your drill press will determine its accuracy and the number of additional accessories you can use with it. So, if you’re looking for a compact drill press that will only help you in small personal projects, chances are that you won’t be able to attach other accessories, such as a mortiser because the power of a drill press and its size won’t allow you to.

Create your own mortise

You don’t have to pay for an additional attachment, as you can make your own mortise and tenon joint by simply using your regular power drill and the help of a sharp chisel. If your project is more complex and requires constant mortisers and tenon joints, we do suggest opting for a professional accessory for increased precision and easiness of use. Moreover, professional mortisers will also help you get the job done faster.