Changing Table Build.. #4: Nearly There...Plus My First hand cut Mortise and Tenon joints

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 05-17-2013 06:09 AM 1453 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Trucking right along here. The bulk of tonight’s work was trimming the table top and carving out a couple through mortises. I have never done that before and don;t quite know what possessed me to do so but they turned out “OK” for a couple firsts. They are nice and tight but are less than pretty from the viewing side so some wedges will be in order. I do however feel very confident in their holding ability since I had to pound the crap out of the stretcher to get it set into the joint :D

I did lose a chisel in the process.. Not sure if this is normal but I wasn;t doing anything abusive except chiseling out a small mortise through red oak with opposing grain…..

I guess I will be needing a grinder soon.

Also .. Who needs some 50” clamps? This guy.. had to get creative with the end pieces.

Annnd here are the rest of tonight’s pics. On deck for tomorrow is the back stretcher with will probably be a lap joint since my chisels are out for the count now. The install the backer board and a couple shelves then a few coats of “Espresso” Poly Shade (the wife wanted that so that’s what it gets) so it will match the crib.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 06:57 PM

Eric, looks like you need a mortising chisel. The Narex ones are good and cheap.

Good looking mortises for your first attempt!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 07:58 PM

I didn’t realize there were different kinds! I have been eyeing a set of the Narex Chisels for a while. Might have to put them on my Christmas list. These Irwin Marples are pretty nice but I have chipped 2 already. 1 was my fault for knocking it off my bench onto concrete but this one was just being used as intended and shattered. I had no idea such a thing could happen.

The Mortise and Tenon joints are “OK” really. nice and tight on the shoulder side but look a bit raggety on the show side. I’m going to do some shimming and try to clean that up a bit today.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 08:48 PM

Get a couple of these:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 10:38 PM

Ouch. That’s one hell of a chip. Paul Sellers uses regular bevel edge Marples chisels for mortising work, and I do it as well. You might need to grind a higher angle for the bevel, and not get too aggressive with your mallet.

My Crown chisels always chip on me, so I’ve relegated them to paring. Now I’ve got an odd assortment of vintage chisels that are apparently made of better steel.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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