Cedar Driveway Gate #8: Tenons and Some Details

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Blog entry by WoodHoarder posted 06-23-2016 05:15 AM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Cutting the Mortises Part 8 of Cedar Driveway Gate series Part 9: Chamfer, Channel, Weep Holes, and Drawbore »

Last time was the mortises and now the tenons. I had a pretty rough time getting these cut. The biggest issue was getting the shoulders straight all the way around. The first technique was with a router and a jig.

For the flat.

For the edge.

Having never worked with such large joints, this turned out to be incredibly tedious and I couldn’t get the shoulders to line up. I tried table saw, hand saw…. wasn’t working. So, needed a new tool.

Enter Stanley.

I also sharpened up my chisels and block plane. This is the first time I’ve really used hand tools for fitting. Turned out to be a life saver.

Eventually I gave up on the router and switched to the bandsaw, using hand tools for all the fitting.

With everything lined up!

Drew out the top lines.

Cut on bandsaw.

Sand to Shape.

Pretty top curves.

Now we have a Frame!

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#1 posted 06-23-2016 04:16 PM

Great project

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#2 posted 06-23-2016 05:58 PM

Is your shop brand new and squeaky clean, or does the dust collector really work that well? That is one clean work area.

The gate frame came out great! Nice style and shapes you have incorporated there. Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 06-23-2016 11:15 PM

I’m loving this series, very cool. Keep them coming.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#4 posted 06-24-2016 11:18 PM

From what I see you have a very nice double gate. I do have one concern for the gate sagging in time without any diagonal support. The first double gate I built sagged without diagonal support that two years later it had to be totally rebuilt. The next six gates I constructed with are still in use now 8 years later. Good luck with you gates.

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#5 posted 06-26-2016 08:43 PM

Thanks all for the comments.

PintoDeluxe- I try my best to keep it as clean as possible. I like to do some engine work as well so keeping sawdust under control is a constant battle. The dust collector makes a big difference in keeping the the dust from becoming airborne at the machine. The shop has been in a constant state of upgrade over the last six years or so. I anticipate keeping it so over the next twenty!

Bigrock- I’ve taken your concern under serious consideration over the last few days and I appreciate you expressing it. I had included the vertical in the center of each gate with the thought that it combined with drawbore joints would make it rigid enough to prevent sagging. I am second guessing my thoughts. I think I’ll post the issue in the forum to see if anyone has any thoughts as well as suggestions in mitigating the issue. Thank you again.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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