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Hepplewhite Stand #5: Mortises ... Finally!

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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 12-28-2016 09:31 PM 368 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: A Proper Edge Part 5 of Hepplewhite Stand series Part 6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons »

 
After but a few distractions, my head is now back in the game! I spent a couple of hours squaring up the cherry legs with my No. 4 bench plane and No. 3 coffin smoother …
 

 
... turned out okay … nice and square … I never see light under the square when I point it to the rear of the shop (hmmm) ...
 

 
... and no twist … that I can see anyway!
 

 
Once all squared-up, I mark off about an inch of waste at the top end of each leg and lay-out the various mortises for the drawer rail, sides and back. I want the face of these members to be shy of the legs by 1/8”. With the mortises laid-out I mark the location for the 3/16” draw-bore pins.
 

 
Prior to cutting the mortises I use an egg-beater drill to bore the 3/16” draw-bore pin holes.
 

 
I need the mortises to be 3/4” deep, so I ready my shop built hackberry and mahogany depth gauge …
 

 
... then using a freshly sharpened 3/8” mortise chisel I start the process of chop … wedge … chop … wedge … every 1/8” ...
 

 
... until done, making sure I keep the chisel perpendicular and within the lines!
 

 
A quick check with the depth gauge …
 

 
... and we’re done! I got out of the lines a tab on one of the side rail mortises, but at least it’s inside and will be hidden by the the drawer.
 

 
Next up … cut the drawer rail, sides, and back to size, and cut and fit the tenons. Thanks for looking, more to come!
 
 
 
Hepplewhite Stand #1: What's Wrong With This Picture
Hepplewhite Stand #2: First Things First
Hepplewhite Stand #3: Lay-Out & Rough-Cut
Hepplewhite Stand #4: A Proper Edge
Hepplewhite Stand #5: Mortises - Finally!
Hepplewhite Stand #6: Frame Members Sized for Tenons

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 09:50 PM

Looks good so far Ron and I like the birds mouth. Do you have a swan neck mortise chisel? Very useful to avoid crushing the ends of mortises and perfect for fine tuning mortise depth.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 11:19 PM

Thanks, Kevin. No swan neck … just used the 3/8” straight mortise chisel.

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#3 posted 12-30-2016 02:17 AM

Looks good!

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 12-30-2016 01:39 PM

Thanks, Dan. I started my first stand in August of 1997 … if my calculations are correct I should be able to complete the pair in less than 20 years. How’s that for efficiency? LOL!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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