Roubo #9: Mortise City

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 04-09-2009 02:14 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: End Caps, Vise fitting Part 9 of Roubo series Part 10: Fitting and preparing to drawbore! »

Managed to squeeze out some time after work the last few nights to get the mortises for the short stretchers out of the way.

I measured up my tenons, and trimmed them very square. My theory on M&T joinery is the only time you’re allowed to touch your tenons is BEFORE you even mark your mortises. So far, this rule has served me very well.

Once they’re all square, I mic’d them out to the nearest large forstner bit I have.

Then rough out the waste.

Then I grab my 3/8ths LN mortise chisel, and a nice wide 3/4 bevel edge chisel, and true up the corners.

First joint, nice and snug!

And with a second joint, the first mockup.

And the most important part, nice and square!

Long stretcher mortises later this week, time allowing.

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 03:09 AM

Nice Fitting Joints!!!

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 04:15 AM

Those do look good.

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 02:02 PM

Nice work, should be very stable and strong.

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 03:39 PM

Truly inspiring! I have told you I really want to build one of these for my shop?

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#5 posted 04-29-2009 03:00 PM

nicely doneā€¦…....

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