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Hello . i am looking to make a post and rail fence for my garden. it will be a considerable length . How do i cut the mortises in the fence posts?? they are 100 x 200mm and Hardwood.
What is an easy way to be able to do it as there will be many posts to be done.
Attached is a picture of what i am talking about.
Will the mortices be through mortices (except on end/corner posts) or do you just want to check the rails in some 50mm or so?
For the latter I'd simply use a spade bit in a good electric drill and clean 'em up with a hammer 'n chisel. You could make a template and use a router, but IMHO it's no quicker and you still need to clean up the corners.
Come to think of it, that's how I'd do it for through mortices, too...
- Andy Mc (AKA "Ghost who posts." )
As Skew says. Or a chisel or chain mortice machine or if you're any good a chainsaw or a good old hammer and chisel
Yep. As Skew says (almost says) happy hard work.
Swiftden, the last time I made m&t rails (for a deck) I started off carefully setting a jig around the post and cutting the bulk of the slot with a router. After the first few posts I was cutting them virtually freehand and the work went very quickly. A quick squaring up of the corners and everything was a neat fit.
dont paint them white, looks too pussy
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
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