Mortiser - Equipment at MADE Makerspace in St. Louis
3/4" chisel shank capacity, 1-9/16 x 13-3/4 fence size. 5/8" chuck.
Basics of Woodshop, Expert Check-off: Woodshop

A mortiser cuts square holes. It uses a hollow square chisel paired with a drill bit. The bit removes most of the waste, while the chisel pares away the edges and corners. Traditionally, a mortise is cut by hand, using a chisel and mallet. However, due to the precision of fit required for a mortise and tenon joint, this can be a difficult and time-consuming task. The mortiser is fast, and the combination of fences, stops, and hold-downs help make accurate and repeatable cuts.

Mortising is very useful for furniture construction, or for any project that requires a square hole to be cut. It’s great when used in conjunction with MADE’s other tools in the woodshop, and we teach you how to use the mortiser in our woodworking classes and training sessions. You can find out more about woodworking classes in St. Louis, and book a training session here!

Need some wood for your project? MADE also has a selection of lumber for sale on our Lumber Ramp. Oak, ash, pine, maple, walnut, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring when I reserve a slot in the woodshop?

Bring your own wood, fasteners, hardware, any any other consumables when you use the woodshop at MADE. The shop provides a limited number of clamps and some basic hand tools, and there are some hand-held power tools available for checkout (orbital sander, jig saw, circular saw, etc.)

Should I bring my own mortiser bits and chisels?

MADE has a communal set of mortiser bits and chisels available, or members may bring their own.

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