Shaker Style End table #2: Part #3 Mortise & Tenons...and aprons, too

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-07-2015 03:19 AM 1031 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, rested up most of the day. Towards evening, got a bit busy down in the Dungeon Shop. Decided to try to mill some tenons on the three main aprons. The two sides and the back one. The front will get something a bit different…tomorrow.

Laid out some lines on the ends of an apron. Set up the #78 to take maybe a 1/2” wide by a hair under 1/4” deep cut…Couple clamps to hold the board still, while I scrubbed away the waste. Found out that I needed to

#1: Pull the plane back a few times, to make the spur cut a line cross grain, and #2: grab a dovetail saw, and cut the end a bit. Seems there was a chance of tear-out on the end.

So, after doing both faces, I wind up with this. Used a high tech rounding over tool on the top and bottom edges of the aprons. Might as well do it now, rather than try to do it when things are glued up. The tool?

Why that Buck Brother block plane. Run it along the corners a few times until I like the curve. A pass or three along the flat part of each edge, too. Got all three aprons done. Time to do some chopping.

First, laid out for the mortise. Aprons set in maybe an 1/8” from the front of the leg. Marked where the tenon would go..

I darken this one with a pencil to show it off better. I used a marking gauge to cut the lines along the sides walls. Got out a chisel or two….Hmmmm, how the ( fill in the blank) do I keep that leg from walking away?

Well, with this old bench, I usually just screw down a few keepers. This time, I needed a few extra ones

I had two block up at the working end, along with a screw to keep it from sliding up. At the foot of the leg, there was a block for it to sit on, keeps the other end level. There is also a couple of blocks to keep it from sliding the other way. A shim was used to lock things in place. Had a 16 oz claw hammer sitting out, the 5/16” mortise chisel, and a 1” wide chisel. Three whacks, and pry back, and keep going to almost the other end. Turn the chisel around and work back. The wide chisel was to clean up the walls. Used a combe square to check the depth. Then used an apron to test the fit.

Hardest part was keeping track of where each apron went where on which leg….So, I left the completed one in place after the first leg was chopped…

Then just worked my way around til all four legs were fitted.

Now, about the front. I needed 1 @ 1-1/2×3/4 x however long it was between the front legs. Plus enough for tenons on each end. Still had some 1×6 handy. Clamped it to the cleaned off bench, marked a line, and rip it with the circular saw. Wasn’t too hateful a cut, but, decided the cuts needed a little fine tuning

Then set the two parts where they might go, well close anyway. Still need to make a few cuts to fit the parts in place.

This wider one will go at the top of the legs, and provide a kicker for the drawer, and help tie the front and sides together. Might involve a hand cut dovetail, or two. The narrow one will be under the drawer, and tie into the runners…..that I still have to make.

Stay tuned, more to come on this Batty Channel….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 05:52 AM

All YOUR work has ME tired out….
I’ll havta get some sleep, or another Mountain Dew to follow along!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 04:24 PM

Try to keep up, Randy. Not saying that I’m keeping up, mind you…
Keep posting, Bandit!

-- God bless, Candy

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