It’s been a busy and productive past two days. Got all my stock to dimension and ready to go.
Cut everything to length with my uber awesome “miter station”...
Oh yeah, look at my built in stop blocks baby!
I’m a tenon’s first kind of guy. My only reasoning, and not sure how good it is, is I like to take the pieces with tenons, and use those in 3D for the layouts of my Mortises. With a piece like this with a lot of slats, I feel it’s easier that way, at least for me.
I use a Tenon Jig and Mortise jig that I built with plans I bought from Proven Woodworking: http://www.provenwoodworking.com/woodworking-jigs.html. The guy there is super nice, and these two jigs allow me to make my tenons and mortises with a rabbet bit in my router (the mortise jig will be seen in my next progress report, since mortising 96 holes is in my future…)
just have to make sure everything is 90, and use something as a spacer when clamping the work piece. I use a penny, but that proved problematic for my drawer dividers, which are only 5 inches (including tenons) long, so I used a bearing from my router bits I had in the drawer
The rabbet bit I have was quite a big space for the small pieces for the project, so I ended up taking a flush trim bit and slapping a smaller bearing on it, worked great. Shoulder is a LITTLE small, but It will do. I’d rather that then tiny tenons, but my margin for error on the mortises is lower, but that is what test legs are for
Then for my pieces with through tenons, they have to be much longer to reach through the 1 3/4” legs. I got this 2” Freud flush bit, and again, just put a smaller bearing on it. I’ve learned, with the method I use, on wider pieces, it’s best to make the cut from every witch way possible, so I cut, flip the board, cut, turn the board around, and repeat. Annoying, and I might venture the table saw method, but I really like making them this way.
And there we have it folks, I think I counted right, I made 96 tenons today, in the sun. But I got a little bit of a tan for once…
-- Ev in Framingham, MA