I have not had much time in the shop because I have been taking advantage of the nice weather and getting a bunch of yard work done. Power dethatched the lawn and had 20 something bags of thatch to pick up. Over seeded the lawn. Planted a 17 foot tall maple tree I bought from Home Depot for $139 bucks!
So I was able to start cutting a through mortise for one of the front legs. I am thinking about a hollow chisel mortiser. I made a simple template jig so I could use a guide bushing in my plunge router.
My bushing outside diameter is 5/8 and my spiral bit is 1/2.So I figured the opening for the template had to be an 1/8 total bigger in each dimension. I made a rectangular template that represented the enlarged opening and built the jig around that.
The bit would not go all the way through and I get nervous with that much bit buried in a mortise. I had one catch a side wall and the router jump out of my hands several years ago. So, I hogged out more waste with a forstner bit at the drill press.
But, the bit would not go all the way through. So I chucked a 1/2 inch bit so I could get all the way through the leg.
This is what it looked like after some of the drilling. I enlarged the hole so I could safely get the bearing bit in the mortise.
Then I chucked a spiral bearing bit in the router table and used the clean portion of the mortise as the bearing guide.
Till next time.
-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.