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Jim C Martin
08-26-2017, 6:18 PM
Hello All:
There are several variations of home made slot mortising tables on the web. Most have separate handles for sliding in each direction or a somewhat complex 2D joystick. My solution to a 2D joystick was to use tie rod ends (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CF6AZ9I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).
The shaft you see in the pic is a 3/8 x 8 bolt and I ground a groove to accept a c-clip to hold it in place. The lower tie rod end is threaded into a scrap and currently held in place with clamps. Not shown is a wooden dowel handle that threads onto the bolt. Works great and cost nearly nothing so I thought Id pass it along.