Wall Brackets for Hollow Chisel Mortiser

Yesterday, at 2:05 pm, I decided that I needed to get my benchtop mortiser off my bench.  I documented the process of building and mounting wall brackets live on Twitter and what you see below are the updates.  This was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.

(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, the @ symbol indicates a username.  Every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username and they are the author of that tweet.  Sometimes, you will see two or more usernames in a tweet.  The second (and third, etc) usernames are people to whom the author is talking.  The other symbol you will see is #, which serves as a category.  I tried to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)

@FlairWoodworks: I need a pair of brackets to mount my mortiser on the wall here. Follow along with #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:05 pm

@FlairWoodworks: This is my mortiser. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:06 pm

@FlairWoodworks: These are some hardwood scraps I had in the shop. The wood on the right is interesting but there isn’t enough. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:13 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I use a short fence on my sliding tablesaw to cut the parts to length. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:17 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I used the jointer to flatten one face, then used the bandsaw to make the other face parallel. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:22 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I used the smallest of my seven bench planes to clean up the bandsawn surfaces. This wasn’t really necessary though.
January 10, 2012, 2:34 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I dry-fit the bracket and marked the cuts for the cross-brace. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:38 pm

@FlairWoodworks: Some of the cuts for the cross braces were angles greater than 45 degrees. This is how I cut them. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:50 pm

@DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks great, simple strategy.
January 10, 2012, 2:50 pm

@FlairWoodworks: Here’s your first look at what they will look. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:52 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I’m using 8mm Dominoes for the joinery so I had to switch the bits from the last time I used the Domino Joiner. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 2:56 pm

@FlairWoodworks: To get this mortise accurately cut, I clamped a stop 10mm down from the centerline. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 3:08 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I forgot to readjust the depth setting for the angled ends. I’ll plug this cavity with a Domino and try again. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 3:14 pm

@FlairWoodworks: One glued up! #flairww
January 10, 2012, 3:26 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I use Extractor nail pullers to remove the Dominoes after dry-fitting. #flairww
January 10, 2012, 3:41 pm

@DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks good idea. I use pliers.
January 10, 2012, 3:55 pm

@FlairWoodworks: @DyamiPlotke The jaws of the Extractors remain parallel for a better grip.
January 10, 2012, 3:56 pm

@DyamiPlotke: @FlairWoodworks yeah. I’ll try an extractor next time.
January 11, 2012, 4:00 pm

@FlairWoodworks: The glue is dry now so it’s time to continue making the brackets for wall-mount the hollow chisel mortiser.
January 11, 2012, 5:20 pm

@FlairWoodworks: The next step is to flush up the joints. #flairww
January 11, 2012, 5:22 pm

@FlairWoodworks: If the brackets are out of square, I use the tablesaw to cut them square. #flairww
January 11, 2012, 5:34 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I drilled two angled holes at the top and one straight at the bottom. #flairww
January 11, 2012, 5:45 pm

@FlairWoodworks: I attach one bracket at the measured height on the wall and use a level to determine the vertical placement of the second.
January 11, 2012, 5:58 pm

@FlairWoodworks: Finally, I hefted the mortiser onto the brackets and bolted it down. #flairww
January 11, 2012, 6:16 pm

@woodbard: @FlairWoodworks Well done, Chris! The mortiser has found a permanent home, out of the way of other tools. Support planned for long boards?
January 11, 2012, 6:20 pm

@FlairWoodworks: @woodbard And it only took two months! When I need outfeed support, I will probably just set up a sawhorse.
January 11, 2012, 6:24 pm

15 thoughts on “Wall Brackets for Hollow Chisel Mortiser

  1. Hi Chris,

    I like the heft of those brackets! Could you live without your hollow chisel mortiser since you have a domino? I have neither but would like to have a domino for the speed and compactness but not price!


    1. Hi Jim,

      I, too, like the substantial look of the brackets.

      Although many woodworkers could probably make do with just a hollow chisel mortiser or Domino Joiner, in my shop, each has its own purpose.

      The hollow chisel mortiser is used mostly when I need a squared mortise because it will be exposed. I can also make deeper and wider mortises (which equals stronger joints) with it. This hollow chisel mortiser (General 75-050T) also features a head that can tilt side to side so it can cut angled mortises.

      The Domino Joiner is fast and versitile and is used when the mortise is not visible (such as a through tenon or a knock-down joint). The fence does tilt to cut mortises at an angle as I did in this project, but it can’t cut angled mortises in the same direction as the hollow chisel mortiser.


  2. So now what happens when the board pile gets bigger? You should move your boards up to new shed where your brother parks his car… ;>) I think I like my XY sled better though.

    1. Morgan,

      Well, my brother would park his car in the garage if there was room, but there’s too much stuff there (only some of it is wood). If I could get get away with storing my lumber on the street, where my brother currently parks his car, I would!

      The XY table you built for your mortiser is very impressive. I think I’ll have to build myself a simpler version.


  3. hey Chris!

    Did you forget to add the detailed layout drawing showing dimensions excetera or was this project just too simple to require one?
    BTW what CAD software have you been on your other projects?


    1. Hi UT,

      Ha ha! Adding a detailed drawing would have added 15% to the duration of the project!

      I don’t usually use CAD because I find it too time consuming and not especially useful. But when I do, I prefer Rhinoceros3D, a modelling program.

      Thanks for the comment.


  4. Eh Chris,
    Even simple task for you are tough for others!! I couldn’t make those brackets with my tools. What a domino machine??? Cut the chase. How much are these worth? Where is the stinking ordering book? I have money. (maybe not lol)
    Nice quick project btw.
    Michael your cuz.

    1. Hi Michael,

      In woodworking, there are always many different ways to accomplish the same task. The Domino Joiner that I used costs about one thousand dollars. You could also cut the mortises with a router or use some large-diameter dowels to secure the cross-braces.

      Thanks for the funny comment.


  5. Hi Chris
    Happy new year (Gung hey fat boy) Its going to be an auspicious year of the Dragon. Good luck on your projects in this 2012. With Festool in hand anything you do becomes a joy.(more precision and amazing smoothness) All the best!

    1. UT,

      This is going to e a long year because it’s going to drag on. Ha ha ha.

      Faster. Easier. Smarter. I like to think at least two of those adjectives also apply to me.


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