Well, at least enough to put ONE frame together. Had the five parts for the one side laid out. “Plan” was to mill a few tenons, then chop a few mortises to match. Got a few tenons done, before the insurance guys showed up. Spent maybe an hour talking things over with them, and the landlord.
Anyway, about them tenons..
Needed a few tools. laid out 1” wide tenons. Simple to do, as the blade on the square is 1” wide. Marked all the way around the ends. Handsaw to cut around 1/4” deep, or so. The rails do have at least one groove milled into them, so depth of cut matched that. Once one side was cut up. flipped the board over..
And cut the over side. I make one saw cut. Then a wide chisel to pop off the waste.. then pare the part flat
Top and bottomrails need a little extra done. Called a Haunch Tenon. The step there is to fill the groove in the stiles.
The center rail didn’t need that fancy stuff. Raised panels will slide into the grooves. Got three rails done, and stacked the boards up for a bit
As I needed to clear off the benchtop. have a jig of sorts, to work on chopping a mortise
I screw the jig to the benchtop, right over a leg. A “C” clamp to hold the part in place.
I used the tenons to mark out where they will need a mortise to be. Just a couple lines across is all I need. Got out the chisels and a mallet, and chopped down…down…..down ( are we there yet?) until the combo square sits nicely. have it set at 1”. When the mortise is deep enough the blade on the square doesn’t touch the bottom….I can move things around and do the next one.
After all three are chopped out, I can do a fit up of sorts. They will need a bit of fine tuning….
Once they sat square, I could lay the other stile in place, and mark where the mortises needed to go. Then a lot more chopping to do. Finally clamped the whole mess together, using the jig to steady things
Close, but will take a bit more fitting up. Once that is done…I get to do the other side the same way. Then, maybe….I can do the back of the end table. Front will be just a door.
I also got some layout on the rear frame and panel. needed to know how wide it will be, based on the width of the top, how much overhang I will use, and how the stiles will add up. leaves about 10-1/2” or so for the three rails. Counting their 1” tenons. Hey, I even wrote a couple things down ON paper today…..
Once I get the frames all nice and “happy, happy” I can raise a few panels. maybe this time next week….we might try some assembly! Til then, stay tuned…
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