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handtool workbench #10: Chopping leg mortices

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 11-12-2015 01:57 AM 707 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So i finally getting around to some joinery. Ive never chopped out a mortice by hand before, but there is a first time for everything right?

Not as hard as it may seem, didnt take long to get down with a sharp chisel. Cut about halfway through from one side, flipped leg and cut through from other side.

After measuring multiple times and marking everything, my first one didnt line up in center. Was about 3/16ths off.

Ill half to figure.out how to fix that later..

Second wasnt too bad, even though it was going through a knot i couldn’t avoid.


One leg done..

Second leg marked out, this one will have my leg vice mounted to it.

I got if chopped out, but still have to do mortice for parallel guide and hole for vice screw, i will leave it till after the leg assembly is finished and dryfit.

Marking out a tenon..

First tenon dryfit, probably gonna need to wedge it

All i have for now, wasn’t in a big hurry today, dragging arse after recovering from a dr visit and migraine yesterday and last night.

Hopefully have some complete leg assemblies tomorrow if all goes well.

Thanks for stopping by

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->



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TheFridge

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 02:50 AM

Ok. I gotcha now. Using a bevel edge chisel like a mortising chisel. I do the same but hog out the waste first with forstner or auger.

Lookin good bud. Practice makes perfect.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Tugboater78

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 05:18 AM

Aye, tryin a lot of Paul Seller’s methods, for fun and education. I figured he was blowing smoke about chopping mortices aince he was working with pine/spruce but i am chopping through tight grain oak like butter. Once i got used to it anyway.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 05:53 AM

I watched that video and tried that way too, had good results. Just preferred a different way.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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terryR

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 01:59 PM

Looks great, Tug!
There are a few screwy mortices hidden in my bench since I was learning, too. Doesn’t affect performance that I can tell. Bud, get out a drill for the next one…you’ve proved yourself! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Tugboater78

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 04:35 PM

Second set of legs being done with bit/brace..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 05:02 PM

Smart man :-)

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

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