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Mortise & Tenon
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Mortising Safety

Warning: Before using the mortising accessory, read and understand these Important safety Instructions:

Danger Zone--The danger zone during mortising operations extends 3" around the bit and chuck and 5" beneath the bit. When you perform mortising operations, be certain your hands and fingers aren't beneath the bit when you advance the quill. Never reach in toward the bit or beneath it to clear away scraps. Turn off the machine and let it come to a complete stop first.

  • Wear proper eye and ear protection.
  • Never leave the key in the chuck. Remove the key from the chuck immediately after securing the bit.
  • Never wear jewelry, gloves, ties, loose clothing or clothing with long sleeves. Keep long hair tucked under a hat. Jewelry, gloves, ties, clothing and hair could become entangled in the bit.
  • Position the worktable at mid-chest whenever possible.
  • Use the rip fence as a backstop and hold the stock firmly against both the worktable and the fence.

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