Q&A: Is it possible to make mortise and tenon joints without a mortise machine or drill press?

Is it possible to make mortise and tenon joints without a mortise machine or drill press? I know I can cut the tenons on the table saw, but what about the mortises? Router table with a straight bit and chisel out the corners? Any tips for this?

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Answers

You can drill out the meat and square up with a chisel or make a router jig and plunge with a straight bit (up cut spiral bits are best if you have one). Then either square up the corners with chisel or round the corners of your tenon to match

Angellos

A pantorouter may be of interest

Regards Rob

Use a hammer and chisel. Come at it from both sides and meet in the middle. Practice on a scrap piece until you get the results your looking for. Good luck

Daba