In this guide we’ll look at the best morticers for the UK market.
We’ve compared power, blade quality, performance, and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Are The Best Morticers?
More Detailed Morticer Reviews
Lumberjack STM16 16mm Bench Morticer with Sliding Table Review
The Lumberjack STM16 16 mm Bench Morticer with Sliding Table is one of the best morticers with a sliding table on the market. It has a 370 Watt motor and interchangeable chucks.
The sliding table makes the morticer more efficient and much easier to operate. Longer rectangular joints can be created without needing to realign – a great time-saver. It also allows multiple mortice holes to be cut without having to move and realign the table as it simply slides to the next cutting location.
This Lumberjack mortiser also features interchangeable chucks so a wider array of augers and chisels can be accommodated. Thus a a variety of joints can be created from small, intricate mortices all the way up to large, robust ones. The mortiser can also handle chisels up to 16 mm.
Overall this is a great morticer as it is powerful and adjustable making it a versatile machine for all your morticing needs.
Clarke Mortising Machine 230v with 13mm Chuck and 76mm Chisel Review
The Clarke Mortising Machine with 13 mm chuck and 76 mm chisel is another good mortising option because it is a light 27.7 kg in weight, easy to use and has a solid cast-iron base.
This mortise machine is a great option for a beginner starting out with simple mortise cuts such as mortise and tenon joints. The mortiser comes with a 10 mm (3/8″) chisel and bit and can cut mortises up to 95 mm deep.
Charnwood W316P Morticer & Chisels Package Deal Review
The Charnwood W316P Morticer & Chisels Package Deal is another good option that features a cast iron head and table, a 375 Watt motor and a 4-piece chisel set.
The cast iron head and table make this morticer strong and secure and enable safe and easy cutting. The 375 Watt motor is powerful and allows for easy and clean cutting. This Charnwood morticer also features a sliding table for quick and easy production of multiple joints.
Having a 4-piece chisel set included is great as it allows you to get started straight away on a variety of mortice joints. The set includes the more common sizes of 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″ and 5/8″ hollow chisel and bits.
WEN 43012 Cast Iron Bench Mortiser Review
The Wen 43012 Cast Iron Bench Mortiser is another powerful mortiser that features a 5-amp motor, a large 13-1/2 by 6-inch table and can create holes with a depth of up to 3 inches (7.62 cm).
This is a 600 Watt mortiser that provides plenty of power and speed for you to cut fast and efficiently. This also enables you to cut very hard and seasoned woods. The cast iron table is large allowing you to work with bigger pieces. This Wen mortiser is great for using on larger pieces of furniture since it can cut down to 3 inches deep for very strong mortise and tenon joints.
This mortising machine is ideal for heavy-duty work on hardwoods and larger pieces of furniture, but it can also be adapted for more intricate work.
Dart F14-651 Morticer, 240 V, Blue Review
The 240V Dart F14-651 Morticer is another handy option that features a gas strut and a 180-degree rotating head.
The gas strut allows you to easily move the cutting portion of the morticer up and down. This allows you to work smoothly as it will not fall or rise too quickly, so you can create smooth and nicely finished cuts. The 180-degree head is useful if you need to position it in tricky angles or if the wood you are using is not perfectly square.
This is a top quality morticer that is very adaptable and suitable for complex work.
Morticer Buyer’s Guide
When chosing a morticer (mortiser) there are several considerations to make when choosing the right one for your needs.
Motor power and wattage are the first areas to consider as this will affect performance and efficiency when cutting. More power will be required for both larger cuts and also facilitates the cutting of hardwoods.
Cast iron head
A cast iron head makes a morticer strong and sturdy. It also enables a piece to be held more securely, making the morticer safer and easier to use.
Table size and weight
Having a larger size and weight table allows you to work on larger pieces of wood and vice versa. For small mortice and tenon joints a smaller, lighter option will suit you better and it will be easier to store. For larger joints, you will want to look for something that has a nice large table. Having a table that can slide is also very useful for cutting multiple mortice holes at once or for cutting long rectangular holes.
Many morticers come with interchangeable chucks, useful for making varying hole sizes. If your morticer doesn’t have interchangeable chucks, make sure it can hold the bit sizes you need.
Maximum mortice depth
Different morticers can cut to different depths. The kind of mortice and tenon joints you are creating and the dimensions of wood you are using will dictate how deep you need your morticer to cut.
What is a morticer?
A morticer (also spelt “mortiser”) is a machine that is used for cutting rectangular or square holes in wood. It uses a combination of a four-sided chisel that creates a square or rectangle edge, with a drill bit in the centre to remove the bulk of the mass. The morticer allows you to create very accurate cuts with perfectly straight edges, and saves much time over creating a mortice manually with a hammer and chisel.
What is a morticer used for?
Mortices are used to create the mortice portion of a mortice and tenon joint. The mortice is a square or rectangle hole that allows a tenon to slot inside it, creating a strong and simple joint. Mortice and tenon joints are used regularly in woodworking, particularly when two pieces of wood need to connect at right angles.
What kinds of morticers are there?
The two main types of morticer are bench mounted or standalone. The latter has its own bench built in so can just be placed in the workshop.
How do you use a morticer?
An auger and hollow chisel hold the key to success when using a morticer.
The auger is a drill bit-like tool that sits inside a hollow chisel and removes the bulk of the wood. The hollow chisel ensures that you create a square or rectangle edge.
Ensuring the right relationship between the two cutting bits is important. The auger bit needs to lead the cut, so it must be set lower than the hollow edge chisel. Once you’ve placed both bits in the morticer you can adjust them independently to ensure the auger leads the way. A good trick is to use a 10 pence piece and set the auger ahead of the chisel by the same width as the coin.
Mortices come with a depth gauge to set the right depth of cut. As a rule of thumb you should set the depth of the mortice 1/16″ deeper than you created the tenon.
Ensure everything is aligned accurately (straight and parallel) and that the wood you are cutting is secured or clamped down. With a morticer it’s important to cut slowly, as the chisel and auger need time to cut cleanly and make a nice edge. Take your time when making the cut.
Once you have made the cut to the required depth take care when removing the auger and chisel as the wood will want to lift with it, so ensure you hold the wood down as you perform this operation.