Started chopping mortises. By hand, no less. Laid out the mortise
Yep, they go all the way to the top. next a kerf cut, just to keep things from splitting out.
Doesn’t have to all that precise, just set the depth, and the length. Slight over cut will get covered by the apron. Next
Chisel to chop down into the end. Sets the bottom of the mortise. Need this for the next step
I split out the waste. A few other chisels to define the sides better, and then a check for depth
A test fit, with the apron’s tenon
Fine tune as need. Rotate the leg to the other mortise site, and repeat
I tend to keep the entire leg down in the vise, to ward off any splitting. Repeat for the rest of the legs. Clamp up for a dry fit ( note: front legs and apron were glued up last night)
Glued up the back legs and the back apron. Side aprons are still “loose”. I glue them up tomorrow.
Next item. Needed some square stock to make corner braces. had to plane a board down smooth, first.
A small jointer took care of that. needed to cut miters, next.
Is a saw supposed to sound like a jet coming in for a landing? I needed four blocks, mitered at each end.
Test fit. After the ends are glued up, I will add these blocks. I drill a hole for a screw to go into the apron. A slotted hole is also added, so I can attach the top later.
Used that little panel saw so much lately on this hard Oak, it was starting to get a little dull. Had to saw the last three miter cuts with an even longer crosscut saw. Well, next on the Cheap table program? Stay tuned..
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