A new dining room set for my wife! #9: Back legs. Déjà vu all over again

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-28-2011 08:48 PM 3932 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Sides again - Time to put on my APRON and get back to work. Part 9 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 10: Will these side aprons ever end? The end is in sight! »

As a rule I generally like to make mortises first and then fit the tenons to them, but in this case I am using a machine to make the mortises so I know that they will all come out the same width. That’s why I waited to finish the mortises in the back legs until now.

I wanted to make sure that I had the side aprons out of the way. I fit those tenons to the front legs which will be the same as the back.

Here’s all my legs, set out for left and right. I selected the best sides for the outside where they will show.

Then I went back to the template I used to cut the back legs. I drew the start and end of the mortises on it to transfer it to each leg. I used the full sized drawing to mark the template first.

Here’s a closeup of what I’m talking about:

Then just to be certain that I put the mortises in the correct place I made a small mark with ink where they will go.

I setup the mortise machine to put the mortise the same distance from the edge as the front legs. Since the legs didn’t lie flat. I just used two scrap pieces to space them away from the back and the surface. I used these for both sides to keep the position and depth of the mortises the same.

Remember that when I made the template, I made sure that the section where the mortises went, was perfectly square allowing me used a flat spacer to do this.

Finally they are all done:

Next time I will have it easy. Making the front and back aprons.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 08:54 PM

Super work Gary great blog.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 09:02 PM

moving right along gary

and excellent step by step tutorial
all the way through

will this be black tie
or come as you are

and what can i bring
to compliment dinner

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 09:12 PM

Boy, you’ve been busy. These are going to be fantastic. I just bought a bench top mortiser. I’m happy to see one being successfully put through its paces!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 09:22 PM

Thoroughly enjoying the journey Gary… very fine work on both the chairs and the blog…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 11:02 PM

Those chairs are going to look amazing. Great work Gary.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 12:17 AM

A great job Gary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 12:21 AM

This really is coming along nicely, Gary.

Great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 01:03 AM

Where’s all the dirt!!

looking good, Gary!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 01:42 AM

Great blog, Gary.

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 02:34 AM

The lesson learned today is to plan ahead. Going back to the start… everything being planned… being resourceful what machine, tools, and techniques will allow no other ifs and changes. I really like the way you posted this tutorial. Thanks Gary. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 03:25 AM

You’re making great progress Gary! Far faster than my kitchen stools project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 04-29-2011 03:43 AM

Great job Gary, I’m really enjoying seeing your process.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 04-29-2011 05:57 AM

I’m glad you didn’t get the Left vs Right sides mixed up…

Looking good…

... onward…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 04-29-2011 06:55 AM

sras – Pretty nice job you’re doing! How do you like working with mahogany?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#15 posted 04-29-2011 11:32 AM

Wow coming along real nice. Love seeing the project updates.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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