Greene & Greene Inspired Crib #3: Lots of Mortises and Tenons

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Blog entry by Alan S posted 08-28-2011 04:27 AM 2537 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Legs and Rails Cut and Shaped Part 3 of Greene & Greene Inspired Crib series Part 4: One Panel Done! »

So since I finished shaping the legs and horizontal rails, the huge task of cutting all the joinery has begun. It may not be obvious from the pictures I’ve shown so far, but the surfaces that the vertical slats mate into is sloped by about 2 degrees. That slope is just enough to make the tenons difficult to cut.

I don’t have a mortising machine, so I chopped them using my drill press and hand chisels.

Here are the vertical slats I started out with:

I cut the tenon shoulders with the table saw. On two sides, I set my miter gauge to +/- 2 degrees and referenced off my fence. For the last two sides, I set the miter gauge to 90 degrees and kept the stock from touching the fence so I didn’t destroy the angled cuts on the other sides. After I cut the shoulders, I removed the waste on my router table:

To finish up the tenons, I had to go back to my chisel and mallet and finish them by hand:

And here’s the finished product:

Only another 100 or 200 to go!


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#1 posted 08-28-2011 05:59 AM

You’ll get them, the first 20 are the tough ones!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 04:12 PM

Looks like it will be a great project. Kudos to you on cutting those mortises by hand. I love arts and craft / greene & greene, but I hate cutting those mortises. One of the next big purchases I’d like to make is a mortising machine.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 03:51 PM

Wow, you will be very fast by the end.

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