Laying out joinery

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Blog entry by John posted 04-15-2009 12:25 AM 2452 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s. Both chair arms are out of the clamps. I like the white artist pencil I found for marking on darker woods.

I started laying out the mortises on the legs and wrapping my brain around the whole project BEFORE I start cutting wood and screwing something up. I like to write in marker on areas that will be hidden by joinery so I’m not searching for a faint pencil mark.

Here are the layouts for the mortises.

I have been thinking of buying a bench top mortiser but I’ve pretty much talked myself out of it. Economy. Unnecessary expense right now. Just drill it out and clean it up with a chisel. Also, I would rather buy a cabinet saw or a clearvue cyclone if I were going to make a purchase for the shop.

Til next time.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 01:20 AM

I gotta tell you though.. a mortise machine is really nice..I have a Multico that I really love, but your is luxery item that you don’t need unless you do it all the time..

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 11:47 AM

I just looked up the price on that Multico. Holy cow! It does look like a beast though. I was looking at the Powermatic and was disappointed to see it didn’t even come with chisels for that price. I’m a firm believer in buy it right the first time but the economy has me reluctant to purchase anything I don’t need right now. General aviation has taken a beating after the auto executives flew to Washington for bailout money. Being a corporate pilot right now is a bit scary. I have heard of many flight departments shutting down. Time will tell.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 08:03 PM

I understand the value of buying right the first time, and I understand what a budget is too.

A mortiser punches holes so clean and efficiently, you may want to consider it again, especially for a piece that has exposed joinery.

The router with a good jig will do better than a drill and chisel.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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