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Having just cut the vents in a set of washboards for a client’s boat, I have been looking at ways I could do it again in a more time efficient manner. The main problem is that the washboards are on about a 20 degree angle meaning that the vents must be cut at a 50 degree angle, too much for my router with a 1/2" spiral bit and a jig. To solve this I used my drill press and a carrier to hold the board in place. The big problem with this is that the cuts are not precise enough and there is lots of cleanup involved.
The project can be viewed on my blog at www.kurvadesign.ca
I have been thinking about a mortiser for the job in future but am reluctant to go out and buy one on a hunch. I thought I would put it out there and see what the woodworking world thinks of the conundrum and see if there was an option I had overlooked.