Time to work on the other rail. Cleared the bench of the other items, they found a home on the panel blanks for now.
Someone asked about the use of Visegrip Finger clamps
Well, they work very nicely for the mortise jig I have. Anyway, a little better layout this time around. Last time, the mortises were too close to the ends. NORMALLY, one would leave a “horn” on each end, then saw off the excess when things were done. OOPS, well, I decided to move the mortise IN a bit, about 1” in from the ends. Laid out a few lines
On each end. and also in the lock rail area
One Lock rail gets a latch through the gap between the mortises, the other gets a hinge. Nice to have solid wood in those spots. Chop the mortises down about half way through
This is one of the double mortises, now, note the time stamp?
This is the second mortise, done halfway through. Flip the board over, and chop from the other side until it is all the way through. 1” wide paring chisel helps to “polish” the sides of the finished mortise. I also used a couple different rasps, as well. Sawed the 45 details on each end. Complete the other two mortises.
Part of the rail needs a groove cut, so a plough plane to cut a decent groove
Not quite a true 1/4” wide one, but a raised panel WILL fit in it. Time to mark out where the tenons will be
Clamp the stile ( what I was calling them long boards, sorry) in the jig. Clamp a rail ( the short boards that go between the stiles) and mark where the mortises are, and the 45 details. This was an end, same was done for the lock rail
Except I had two mortises to mark for, and two 45 details. Kind of need a lot of room doing this step
Photos look a little Olde-timey? Well, that BRIGHT overhead light, and the WHITE Pine kind of glare in the camera. Pulled the plug to take a photo, plug back in to saw a few things
Like tenons. Had this one standing up vertical to saw some of the waste off. Then laid it on a side, saw a line across to about 1/8” deep or so. Wide chisel and a mallet, whack the waste off. Pare to get close to flat, block plane and rasps to make sure it is flat. Flip it over, and repeat.
This is the bottom rail. It needed a groove for the raised panels to sit it. Wouldn’t you know it, a knot was in the way
And I needed a mortise for the middle stile
Not all that deep, will get a dowel pin through it when done.
LUNCH BREAK! PB&J with a Mountain Dew. Later will start on the other two rails. And might, just might cobble up a middle stile? After that? Stay tuned….
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