Northern Industrial Mortising Attachment - For Wood Use Only
Looks Ok parts missing, manual issues
I just received it this morning. No serious issues, but annoying things. The parts list in the manual and the reference drawing do not match. The part numbers on the list don't match the part numbers on the drawing. Small parts were missing, including all wing nuts and washers. Some bolts were missing, according to the parts list under unpacking, although I could not find them on the drawing. Either the parts list is incorrect or the drawing is. I don't believe there is anything missing that I can't get easily. The unit looks and feels solid except for the plastic bar. The picture showed it being blue. It's Red. Makes it look cheap. Not sure why. If I really can't stand it, I can always paint it. I haven't assembled it yet but have read reviews indicating some re-manufacturing work may be required. I'll deal with that if required. I would recommend this to any casual user. If you really don't need accurate manuals and are handy you should have no real problems. I wish quality control was better. It doesn't cost much to make sure the manual is right and all the parts are in the box. I could fix the manual in a half hour. They could proof read it when it is being produced.
September 25, 2014
Great- Spacers needed
Unfortunately I have a very old drillpress with a rather small collar with which to attach the mortising fixture. However, having machining experience and a small but old metal lathe, I was able to adapt the fixture to my equipment. After this, and other modifications, the fixture performed well.
Modifications required: First, the holes in the base which hold the J-bars were undersize and I had to drill them to size, apparently it got by quality control. Not a big deal, but the average guy might not have the equipment to do that. Second, I had to cut the drill shanks so that the drills fit the distance between my chuck and the end of the chisel. Again, no big deal.
All in all, it works well. The few samples I've made work and look great.
June 22, 2014
Mortising chisel set
I just received this tool and for the price I feel it was a good investment. But I found that the fit and finish of some parts was lacking I had to tap out all of the set screw holes as they were full of gunk and other debris to the point that the set screws would not work, the chisel holder needed the bore cleaned and deburred ,the chisels need sharpening before they will function properly. So though this tool is worth the price it is not a ready to use as it comes out of the box.
October 31, 2013
Mortising Attachment Ease
This is a very sturdy attachment to my drill press. Very easy to make mortise joints with. I can't see drilling all the holes and chiseling them out any longer. I had perfect mortises right from the start. For the price this was a great addition to my work shop.
April 23, 2013
hollow mortise chisel
Good price and shipped quick. I did have a problem fitting the plastic spacer on the drill press as described in a previous review even though my drill press fit the specific measurements noted by the manufacturer. This problem was solved by runner 4 layers of duct tape along the inside of the spacer. With the first use, I noticed that the chisel made an ease cut through maple with a 1/4" bit as well as 3/8" but the edges where not entirely squared. Part of the circular drill bit shows up in the profile of the square chisel bit. Knowing this, I still consider this set a good value and great time saver for stop mortise joint but would consider a different machine for through mortise joints. I also constructed a new fence to ensure an accurate cutting line as the plastic fence in the set was not entirely straight.
April 24, 2010
The overall experience is very favorable. After lowering the speed on the drill press, I cut some holes on soft pine. The results were favorable. I used the same cutter on my oak project and was delighted withe the results. The cuts were cleaner on the hard wood than on the soft pine! The installation of the attachment took abou 1/2 hr.
And I can say that the overall results were excellent.
November 4, 2009
Awesome Mortising Attachment
I bought this Mortising Attachment to build a baby bed for my daughter. It worked great and is a good value. There are a total of 128 mortise and tenon joints in the bed and I found this Mortising Attachment to be very durable. It fit my drill press well and made accurate cuts. I recommend clamping the pieces down well because the wood will pull up when removing the chisel because of the tight fit. Overall this is an excellent tool.
November 3, 2009
Northern Industrial Mortising Attachment
While it took a bit of fussing to fit the attachment to the arbor on my drill press, I finally got it to work. It takes a good amount of pressure to get the chisel to cut into the work piece, I figured out that placing the drill bit at just the right depth in the chisel is is the key to getting this tool to work right. The price of this attachment is unbelievable compared with the cost of buying an expensive mortising machine from a national woodworking chain. I am now making professional looking projects with the best joinery possible.
November 2, 2009
System will not fit larger chuck drill presses, so be careful your drill press will fit unit. I had to return unit. Quality of components was however very good.
October 19, 2009
Solid looking build, collar too large
This mortising kit didn't fit my Shopsmith Mark V. The collar is too large for the Mark V spindle and none of the inserts that shipped with it were the right size to adapt to it. I bought this mortising attachment before I bought the Shopsmith, so I wasn't able to check for size before hand. I dug around and found the Shopsmith mortising attachment and it obviously did work.
The build quality seems very good. Double check your spindle size before ordering.
August 18, 2008