Fundamentally, 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.
- 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.