Floated down to the shop this morning. Actually felt like doing….something. Started off by cleaning the workbench off. Toolwell had filled up with who knows what. Couldn’t even stick a finger in there without finding the pointy end of a nail. So..
Looks a bit better? As for the trash..
Somewhere in there, was a plastic foot one nails onto the ends of a leg. My shoe found it, of course.
Well after the removal of a nail… Got after the tenons that needed to be milled
Made a jig to hold things to the benchtop, and clamp it in place.
Drag the Wards 78 backwards a few times to mark where the tenon would go. Utility knife to deepen the cut a bit and a dovetail saw to cut the ends to keep them from splintering up a side. Neither of which worked all that great.
Clean the ragged edges with a block plane. Worked my way through all the aprons and stretchers this way, all except two. They will go under the drawers at each end. They get something a bit different
Called a half dovetail. What you see is what you get. I made a saw cut down a bit, as square as I could. Clamped the runner to the bench and made a few chops with a chisel, to form the angled part. took a bit of fine tuning to get it looking nice and even. Set all the parts aside for a bit..
After Lunch Break, time to work on a couple leg blanks. I would grab and apron to lay out where the mortise would go. Grab a Mortise chisel and start to chop down under a mortise appeared. a test fit to make sure
Then on to the bottom. About 4” up from the foot of the leg, there will be a stretcher. They will get a rebate to hold the plywood panel to make a bottom shelf. Right now, though, they needed a mortise to sit in
been marking a number on the inside of each part as I fit them up. Don’t want any “OOOOPS!” this time around. Got two done, now I need to make a place for that half dovetail to slide in. Clamped a leg to the bench, got out a small backsaw
And make two 90 degree cuts about 1/2” straight down. Saw is shown cutting the angled cut. Three saw cuts? Knock the two straight cuts out, and the angled one is a lot easier to pop out. Pare until smooth.
Time to test fit things a bit. Still had two more legs to do, though
But, I wanted to make sure this end would work. A detail shot
This shows the “drawer opening” with the 1×6 front and back aprons, and the drawer runner. Debating on a top runner. As for the bottom stretchers
I’ll use that Wards #78 to make a rebate for the plywood and might add a notch in the leg to fit the shelf, as well. That was a lot of chisel and saw, and plane work. Time for Din-Din, so, stay tuned, we be getting something done…
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