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Aurora Night Stand #4: Going Old School...

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 01-03-2009 07:50 AM 1088 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I found out what was wrong with my mortising set up – the drill bit inside the mortise chisel was bent and causing the chisel to jam. I tried another chisel that had never been used and it worked, so I went old-school. I started and ended the mortising with those whatchamacallits, chisels! Thats it!

I marked out the mortises with a pencil, then went around the perimeter with a chisel. I only went deep enough to cut the surface fibers, maybe 1/16”+, and got a nice outline. Then I inserted the next smaller chisel into my mortise attachment in the drill press and used it to remove the majority of the material. After that I just cleaned up with the chisels and it came out fine.

Breadboard ends with ebony mortises cut out

Onward!



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John Gray

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 07:58 AM

NICE JOB!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 01-03-2009 08:21 AM

Perfect!

Where’s the ebony?

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 04:45 PM

Anyone else see this video on cutting mortises?
Pretty cool.
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/mortising_under_glass/

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 05:21 PM

The cutting fibers tip I learned from Tommy MacDonald, and I tell you, its one of the best things I’ve learned that has dramatically improved the aesthetics of my joinery. I find myself using it anywhere there is exposed chisel work….so easy, so effective…..

Very nice clean lines…..

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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