So, I took Friday off to work on my bench some and to get away from work. I ended up having a great day and being actually productive too. I got up early just like I was going to work, early in the morning I laid all my mortises and tenons out while everyone was sleeping trying to make the most of the day. I was plenty apprehensive about cutting these mortises because this was all the scrap poplar I had left and all the other mortises I cut in the past had been abominations. I set everything up on the drill press carefully and clamped a fence to keep all my cuts along the same axis. Got out my fostner bits, chucked up and went to town making chips. Everything turned out great! I’m ecstatic; I’ve never cut a good mortise before now! Time to clean them up and I’ll be good.
Once upon a time, I thought chisels were ready to go right off the shelf….Boy was I wrong! What a difference a good sharp chisel makes in chopping out a mortise. I’m even using these 10.00/set plastic handled things that pose as chisels from some Harbor freight like store and they’re still cutting so much better than anything I’ve ever used. It didn’t take long to clean them all up and I was off to cut the tenons to match. Several years ago, I bought a tenon cutter jig for my saw, but I’ve not had a chance to use it much till now. I cut all the cheeks first on the Miter express so everything was nice and crisp and square, then I finished them all on the tenon jig. Every thing fits nice and snug like I hoped, very little adjusting needed for a good fit. Wow, how did I get that lucky? Well, here I have a stack of parts, the sun has set and its time to spend a little quality time with the spouse.
Saturday we went up to Cartersville, GA. for “Pioneer Days” to support our friends who had a booth there. I glued up a bunch of small scrap poplar butcher block for their leather stamping booth for the kids. Where’s all the “Pioneer” stuff??? What a bust, and a waste of a day other than spending it with the misses. Sunday we took the day off for a family reunion. I was starting to get ancy about my tenons, I still don’t have everything put together, and I was beginning to worry that they would curl up if I didn’t go ahead and finish. We got home Sunday night and I drilled all my dowel holes and finished fitting everything together to keep it from warping.
Monday morning early, time to Labor on Labor day! I brought my top out to the porch to work on it some more and so I could chop out the mortises in it. Rescued it just in time from our living room floor, my wife was looking for a saw and mumbling incoherently about cutting boards and “one for her and one for her mom and one for the neighbor”. It was close guys…close!
I’m a little overweight, which most of the time really stinks. (I know, only I can change that.) but I tell you, a big beer belly makes a dang good fulcrum some times, and in a pinch makes a pretty good transmission jack. Who needs 8 minute abs when you have a top like this?
More pictures to come tonight.
-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.