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how would you make 50 to 100 interior doors a month, i would like to mortise and tenon , ?? or would you dowel ??
If you have a tennoner that has cope heads, a fairly automatic mortiser like a Maka or Bauerly , then you could probably make your goal doing m&t.
mark , i've been doin this for a while , have 6hd moulder 3' planer , gangrip saw , 5 shapers , and wide belt , slider saw , plus 2 table saw , have done custom doors just a few at a time , but now i've got a guy wanting me to do doors day in and day out , trying to do some kind of volume i know i don't have all the right tools to do it .
Bob, it sounds like you're well tooled ; how have you made doors in the past?
As my experience is with M&T, I'd suggest a tenoner with cope heads, an auto mortiser & clamp rack for the volume you're looking at.
Doweling is certainly a viable option, it just introduces more parts per door- maybe a dowel glue and insert machine?
Getting tooled for doweling will be cheaper as you really only need a good boring machine in addition to what you have.
If you have the room, you should consider making machines, space and crew dedicated to door making only- once set up, leave it set up.
OR,( forgot to say) a dedicated CNC machine- pennies to run once set up.
If I may ask, what is your door clamping system? It can be a bottle neck for us when doing larger door orders.
i havn't got to address to issue yet , your thoughts?
I am not qualified to answer that question,
Currently we use bar clamps. I have looked at JLT pneumatic door clamp but I still see a problem with the time the door is in the clamp while the the glue is drying. At one point I thought a RF glue system would work but that doesn't seem possible. My latest thought is to get two pneumatic clamps but we don't have the space.
So, I am stuck with the slow, heavy bar clamp system.