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Morris Chair Project! #17: Handcut mortises!

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Blog entry by Beginningwoodworker posted 1382 days ago 1183 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Start cutting moritses and tenon for the second morris chair. Part 17 of Morris Chair Project! series Part 18: The second is close to being finish. »

I try my hand at handcut mortises today, because the side rails wont fit under my benchtop mortiser. I also got a change to use my Footprint 3/4’’ chisel.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker



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traveler

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#1 posted 1382 days ago

Thanks for the update. I had been wondering how she was coming along.

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NBeener

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#2 posted 1382 days ago

Are you using a Forstner bit on a cordless drill gun ??

When I try that … it just EATS the battery !

It’s hard for me to tell, in the pictures. How well were you able to do with staying to your layout lines, and cutting to your intended sizes ???

And you did the drilling freehand ?? Sounds like you’ve got guts ! :-)

Good progress, Charles. Thanks for keeping the blog up !

-- -- Neil

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 1382 days ago

I am use a forstner bit in cordless drill, Neil did I use layout line, I am chiseling by eye. I am also drilling freehand. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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patron

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#4 posted 1382 days ago

looking good there charles

anyway that works is good
all the different skills
will always come in handy

almost ready to sit down
and take a break

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 1382 days ago

You’re coming along!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Roz

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#6 posted 1382 days ago

That’s a lot of hand work Charles. You are coming along well. I think I’d have to do as much as possible on a drill press and table saw. If I did it all free hand it would probably be a mess.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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lew

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#7 posted 1382 days ago

Nice mortises, CJ!

Sharp chisels really make the difference.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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spunwood

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#8 posted 1382 days ago

Thanks for the inspiration, I have 16 mortises to cut for the bench I am working on.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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NBeener

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#9 posted 1381 days ago

Jorge wrote:

”Am I the only one who sees the mortises are not in line and are not at 90º? I understand praise to give encouragement, but how is this going to help CJ improve and make good furniture?”

If you look at what I wrote to Charles ….

”It’s hard for me to tell, in the pictures. How well were you able to do with staying to your layout lines, and cutting to your intended sizes ???

I was trying to be sure that my interpretation of the pictures was accurate, by asking whether the mortises were coming out the way they should be coming out.

But … if they’re not square … I figured he’d find out fairly shortly, and either have a really tough time cutting the tenons to fit, or … will have to enlarge the existing mortises to square them.

But it DID look that way, in the photos, to me.

With MY vision, though, I hesitate to believe my eyes very often ;-)

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#10 posted 1381 days ago

Jorge: the way I looked at it … he was DONE with cutting the mortises. If they truly WERE going to be a bad fit, I figured he’d find out very quickly.

In other words …. I figured … if my eyes were NOT deceiving me … I was too late to help ;-)

-- -- Neil

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 1380 days ago

Charles- don’t give up! You learn the most from the mistakes you make. I am enjoying watching you make these chairs! I am holding my breath now… can’t wait to see the next blog. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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