Outdoor "Coffee" Table #6: Mortises

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 07-27-2007 09:59 AM 1607 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent a few hours today mortising the stiles (of the frame top) for the table. Lots of mortises to do. I drilled the ends of all the mortises first, since it takes turning off the mortiser after every cut to carefully line up the chisel with the score marks at the ends. Then, I could leave the mortiser running and clear out the rest:

One down, one to go:

There we have it:

Next up are the legs – mortises and tapers. I marked them the way shown below, but recalled seeing a post, in which Karson showed a method for marking legs. I recall thinking it was a great idea that I had not seen before, so dug around a bit and got lucky! I found it! I will likely erase these marks and use his method.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 07-27-2007 02:00 PM

Thanks, Dorje. I’m enjoying your work in progress and thanks for reminding me about Karsons leg numbering method. You can’t go wrong doing things his way. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 07-27-2007 02:43 PM

Wow, that is a heck of a lot of mortises Dorje! It looks great already, keep on doing, you are halfway there…

Beautiful pictures, specially the third one, you master the deep of field man.

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#3 posted 07-27-2007 08:10 PM

Looking great Dorje. Those mortices look sharp….are you sure you don’t have a CNC morticer….:)

What are you using for a camera? Some very crisp shots.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-27-2007 09:22 PM

Hey Dorje;

Very clean mortises! Excellent work.

I’m with Bob on this.


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#5 posted 07-28-2007 03:47 AM

Good work Dorje. Wish I had a mortiser.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 08:13 AM

Thanks for your comments and feedback guys – appreciated.

Bob – the camera is really nothing special – an older Olympus C-2100 (2.1 megapixel) device. Seems to work though.

And, no CNC here, but I probably spent just as much time sharpening the chisels and bits (on a granite surface plate with sandpaper and an auger bit file, respectively) as I did cutting the mortises!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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