Delta 14-651 Mortising Machine

I just received a Delta 14-651 mortiser from Coastal Tools. The unit arrived with no shipping damage and was set up and running in about 10 minutes. I have cut 1/2" and 3/8" holes and am so far pleased with this exception: It seems to me, that I am doing quite a bit of clean up to square the corners and remove other left behind material. The amount of work is MUCH less than when producing similar joints using a brad point bit and drill press but I was hoping for a little better result from a dedicated mortiser. Does a better set of chisels significantly improve on this or should I just expect to do this clean up?
Thanks!
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I'd look at getting a better set of chisels, or at least the ones you have sharpened. After I sharpened the set that cam with my machine (Non-Delta), it performed much better and the mortises where much cleaner. -- Regards,
Dean Bielanowski Editor, Online Tool Reviews http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com ------------------------------------------------------------ Latest 5 Reviews: - Robert Sorby Woodturning Chisels - Kwikstand Portable Table Saw Stand - Woodworking Techniques & Projects - Kreg Right Angle Clamp - Bosch 3912 (GCM12) 12" Compound Miter Saw ------------------------------------------------------------
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On Mon, 06 Oct 2003 03:20:07 GMT, "Bob Robbins"

you will always have some slight cleanup in the corners of the mortise. but as Dean stated in his reply, sharpen your chisels and bits. for ease of sharpening the inside "cone" of the chisels, get ahold of these little beauties from Lee Valley.
watch word wrap,,,these things are hard to find on the LeeValley site (you hear that Rob?(lol))
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?SID=&ccurrency=2&pageA702&category=1,180,42334 item number 77J81.20
by far the Easiest way to hone hollow chisels i have found
Traves
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Have to agree with Traves... These are the same sharpening cones I bought for my hollow chisels and it sure does make a difference! Grab yourself a set or three. You won't be sorry! -- Regards,
Dean Bielanowski Editor, Online Tool Reviews http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com ------------------------------------------------------------ Latest 5 Reviews: - Veritas Jointer Blade Sharpener - Miller Dowel System - Robert Sorby Woodturning Chisels - Kwikstand Portable Table Saw Stand - Bosch 3912 (GCM12) 12" Compound Miter Saw ------------------------------------------------------------
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Thanks for the info! I'll be ordering these sharpening cones rigth away. I guess I need to finally buy that drill press vise that I've looked at a hundred times...
Bob

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