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
Hepplewhite Stand #7: Tapering the legs
Hepplewhite Stand #8: Completed Legs and Drawbore Pins
Hepplewhite Stand #9: The Drawer
Hepplewhite Stand #10: Final Assembly
-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.