Trestle Table #7: Mortise Plunge Router JIGs

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 09-05-2016 05:31 PM 351 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I am following a Gary Rogowski trestle table plan for its dimensions, I will follow or use his method for routing mortises in the trestle legs. He uses a simple jig for plunging mortises with his router. I will make these jigs today. So I could either make the trestle leg assemblies or prepare and glue my table top. I don’t know yet what I will build beyond the jigs. I will see how it goes. I may need to purchase a special sized router bit. If so, then I will be making a trip to my Woodcraft store. I don’t want to wait for an online purchase to be delivered.

Note: Although I have inserted below links to the Fine Woodworking workshop and articles, you will need an online membership in order to view these links. Gary’s article is in Fine Woodworking Magazine #214 September 2010 publication.

Well I reviewed Gary's workshop video on I purchased the full size plans long ago so I could also make the templates for the curves on the feet, columns, etc. However, my stretcher will not have the curves he made in his video. I and my Ann do not like that look. I have it with straight lines, but maybe chamfer the edges with my spokeshave. We will see.

For my table top I am hoping my glue up will retain most of the thickness of my milled parts. Currently that is 13/16 inches thick. If so I will test in a scrap piece the chance to cut curves in the table top like Daniel Chaffin did in his FWW magazine article in issue #235 September 2013.

I have included the photo below to illustrate the edge curves I hope to place in my table top. You can see how well Daniel Chaffin shaped his table top’s edge curve by the light shining from it in this well done photo. This photo was taken by Matt Kenney for Fine Woodworking Magazine.

I guess I have plans that are iffy. I will proceed with a goal and act on them as the materials and my skills (or lack of them) will let me.

-- --- Happy Howie

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