For those of you that are actually following along with me on this project (as deranged as you must be…) you may remember my last post, wherein I managed to crack one of the leg boards right down the middle:
I was initially going to scrap that, but a few messages got me thinking. It probably won’t really affect the structural strength all that much, especially if I orient the cracked face so it doesn’t hold a mortise. So I decided to go ahead with that leg. Four-squared it, and filled the crack with wood putty. I’ll put it in the back, with the crack facing the wall, and only me and the wall will ever know… Well, you guys will, but you’ll keep my shameful secret, right?
So after I dripped sweat all over it from planing (note to self: choose better shop music. Trying to plane to Aerosmith may give you a heart attack!), I started the tenon on the top of the leg that will mate with the top.
This is my first ever tenon. Ever. In my life. I made it easy on myself and went with 1” shoulders all around.
So, first I marked it out and then started cutting the shoulders in.
You can see that I need some practice in keeping my saw straight! But it’s on the waste side, so I can clean that up.
Did all four faces.
I must have done something right, because my first cheek cut just popped right off when I got to the shoulder :)
My arm was getting over tired by this time, and my second shoulder cut was a little wobbly:
You can see where I went wide of the line, but again, on the waste side, so it’s not a big problem.
And most of that was cut off when I did the other two shoulders.
My arms were definitely screaming for mercy by this time, but I went ahead and finished the other cheek cuts. A little rough, but nothing that can’t be cleaned up with a sharp chisel!
My workpiece had slipped without me noticing, and I wasn’t paying attention to my saw angle, so I cut a little bit into the leg on one cheek
Ta Da!! My first tenon!
Not too bad for my first try. And will look better after a few minutes with a chisel. That’s if my arms ever decide to forgive me :)
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