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Blog series by jcontract updated 09-12-2010 08:46 PM 2 parts 4272 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: My First Mortise

09-07-2010 02:08 AM by jcontract | 6 comments »

I’ll classify today as the first day of building the base for my bench. Beginning this weekend I tried a practice mortise, since I’ve never tried this before. I have to say that I find mortise and tenons a bit intimidating. I’ve seen the demonstrations of the pros, and how they fly through then with just a chisel, and thy’re perfect within a few minutes. Even the article I’m using to guide me through this one says, drill and chsile mortises are a little slow goi...

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Part 2: Next Mortising Session

09-12-2010 08:46 PM by jcontract | 7 comments »

Completed the second mortise this weekend. It seems to be getting faster, but I have many more to go. It’s a slow process still cutting them by hand. The first mortise pictured below fits well, hoever I noticed a small hump in the middle of the shoulder which created a slight gap, so I cleaned it up with some light sandpaper. And a shoulder plane goes on the wish list. So one side stretcher in place. And then the next. I’m happy that they they fit pretty well. I th...

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