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Taliesin Desk in Cherry #2: Marking and mortising

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 09-10-2015 11:57 PM 1029 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Taliesin Desk in Cherry series Part 3: Legs and Grill Work »

Continuing on with my desk project…

I milled all of the lumber roughly to size. I left everything a little oversized in case any internal stress warped the boards. Also, my planer blades were shot and leaving raised lines. For now I’m sticking with the HSS blades and got two sets on Amazon for a decent price. The new blades cut like butter. After a few days, I dimensioned all the parts for the legs and all the end pieces.

Next, I marked all of the mortise locations. I used blue painters tape, my marking gauge, and a hobby knife to score all of the 40 mortises. Next I used my router and a jig I have to rough them out. The smaller mortises I used my drill press and a forstner bit. I’ve been attacking them a few each night, making sure to knock off before I start getting sloppy.

On one of the legs, I cut a 1/4” slice off and routed a 3/4” channel and glue the leg back together. This will be for a power cord. The glue joint came out pretty good, and I don’t think you’ll notice it on the finished desk.

Well, off to knock out a few more holes.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon



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DanMelander

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 11:39 AM

The mortises look nice! Which brand of chisels are you using?

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 01:18 PM

Hi Dan,

I’m getting better with the chisels. I have a set of four Woodriver chisels from Woodcraft. I’m not sure on the quality, but when I get a decent edge on them, they cut well. I love the sound of sharp metal cutting wood in the morning. They were only ~$30 on sale and to me they are fine for cleaning up and paring. I keep trolling on craigslist for a better set of bench chisels, but have not found anything recently.

Any suggestions on what I should be looking for is greatly appreciated. I’m still new at this and trying to learn.

I still need to work on my sharpening skills. I ‘ve read a lot on the “scary sharp” technique, but for now I’ve got a two sided oil stone and an angle jig that is working okay for me.

I’ve got all of the blind mortises done, and I’ll hone up the chisels before I tackle the through mortises. I want to make sure these are as close to perfect as possible since you will see these.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 01:08 AM

Hi Jim:

I am looking for some quality chisels too. The ones I have are just from Sears and Home Depot. I do now have a good set of diamond sharping stones, and they worked good on my current chisels, but they dull quickly.

Dan

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 02:35 PM

Hi Dan,

I received a brand new Woodriver No. 4 plane for Christmas. I’ve gone over it, but my sharpening stone (Arkansas) is not wide enough for the iron. I’m looking at a set of waterstones, but what type of diamond stones do you have?

I’ve found several nice chisel sets on Amazon, and there is a nice english set of Mortise chisels that I’m dreaming about.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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