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First try at mortise and tenon joints

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Blog entry by Ben posted 887 days ago 3316 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, yesterday I was making a frame for an antique carved panel and decided to try mortise and tenon for the joints. Just square ones, not mitered or anything. I never tried them before, but of course I didn’t even consider that. Never know how if ya don’t try it anyway right? So I dove right in and cut the tenons on the table saw. Easy peasy, that went great and took almost no time at all. THEN I set about cutting the mortises. Pretty much as soon as I got the tenons finished and was thinking about the mortises, I thought DUH, I should have done the mortise first. Oh well, maybe next time.
I don’t have a dedicated mortiser or even the drill press attachment, so I set up my drill press to drill most of the waste out of the holes. By the time I got to the third one, I realized my holes were way off center. WTF? My first one was dead on. How did this happen? Apparently, when I set up my drill press (a Rikon radial DP) I forgot to lock the radial adjustment, so as I went it walked quite a bit. Lovely.
Ok, so let’s try this again… I redrilled my holes even bigger, chiseled out the mortises and glued in some filler blocks. I am getting pretty good at fixing mistakes if nothing else. I went through the whole process again, double checking ALL of my setup. In the end, I have reasonably square if not perfect joints. by the last one, I was feeling pretty good about doing them. I will definitely go about it different next time, as I now have a pretty solid list of what NOT to do. I’ll update with pictures of the finished project later.

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 887 days ago

Glad to hear you tried something new. Stepping out of the comfort zone, as THEY say!

You know what else THEY say; No pictures it didn’t happen! Lol.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the new (to you) joinery & the project.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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mywood

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#2 posted 887 days ago

wow..at least u started something..hmmm better try to do some project with nice new joinery too!!

-- fairuz,shah alam

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#3 posted 887 days ago

Ben, you ll find that learning what not to do is the best teacher.

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 887 days ago

LOL! your on your way! If you need a good DVD that includes a simple and similar approach Mark Daginski (sp) has a couple of DVD’s that are pretty straight forward. Just reviewing them before going where you are travling.Using a drill press, then a band saw, and sneaking up on it.

Good luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 885 days ago

Hi Ben. That fixing experience will serve you well in the future so have no regrets as long as your project is still intact. Now I’m glad I didn’t buy a radial drill press because I know I would do the same thing every time I used it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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