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Another box build #3: Mortise, tenons, and glue...oh my

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-14-2018 01:46 AM 621 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Headed to the shop about 2 pm…..emerged from the shop just after 5pm….with cramps starting in the legs…
Ok..gave the “new” tablesaw fence a test drive…it was rock solid, never budged a bit…had to cobble up a push stick, as the parts would be a bit narrow..

Ripped the worse sections of these off….then made the grooves…since these were all the same size…jig wasn’t the greatest….couple parts had issues staying in the jig…

Wasn’t able to get a c clamp in there…fence on the Stanley 45 would bounce up off of the clamp. Once all four stiles were grooved, they got set aside. Worked on tenons after that…

Supposed to be 1/2” long…allowing for the 1/4” deep grooves. tried to give the tenons a haunch to fill the grooves…well, 3 out of 4 got one. By the looks of things, I need to change the bandsaw blade….for a sharp one.

8 tenons made…need 8 mortises chopped..

Mortise for the top rail was easy to lay out…test fit..

But…needed to locate where the mortise for the bottom rail needed to be…

Well, I could use the panel, to locate where the grooves line up at….and plot where the mortise would be from there..test fits..

One frame done. I even cut a foot profile on each stile..

8 tenons fitted into 8 mortises….feet profiles sanded until they all matched each other….time to raise a panel…or two.

This is how Paul Sellers raises a panel….except I used a Stanley #3c…instead of the #4s he uses….all four edges were beveled this way, ends first, then the sides…..second panel? I clamped it flat to the bench…safer for me knuckles, that way. Test fits..

Seems to fit. Got to the point where I could dry fit one assembly…

Didn’t go too well…panel was a 1/16” too long…grrrrrr, take things apart, trim the end of the panel, re-bevel that end. Decided to just go ahead and glue the mess up..

C clamp to flatten one spot out…added a second one at the other end. So, how does this seem to float in mid-air?

I installed these two clamps first…..keeps the mess at eyeball level, so I can see what I am doing. Set this mess aside, to let the glue cure. There is a caul, of sorts…clamps pull against the entire top edge, and the bottom rail..

Then did a dry fit for the other long side..

And just let sit on the bench…..waiting on the clamps..

Decided to trim the rails for the two ends…

Again, trying for those 1/2” tenons. We’ll see how that goes….stiles are a bit skinny..

I kept one of the cut-offs from the foot profile….will mill these tomorrow. Right after a glue up is made.

Half of the shop time..I was sitting down….then slid this over, out of the way..

Stay tuned….

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