Got out the chisels, clamped a rail to the bench, and chopped awhile..
Made to match the tenon. Some of the tenons were a bit too fat. Thinned them down a bit, then marked the rail to fit. Depth was around 1” deep…..as each mortises was chopped and fitted, I kept marking them, to tell which end went which way. Test fits..
Once I got all the mortises chopped, got the clamps and glue out…..fight was on!
The rail in the vise wasn’t so bad to do, it was trying to herd the other ends into the top rail…..once things were clamped tight ( one slat even tried to bow a bit) I grabbed a drill. Needed a few holes drilled. 10 pinsneeded to be cut, and glued in place….left them a bit long..
And let the glue cure for a while…..came back later, removed the clamps, and trimmed the pins down. Coping saw to get the bulk of them off, then a beltsander to flush them up..
Then set it aside for a bit. Can almost see the pins. Ok, cleared the top of the bench, and placed the side frame on the bench. Needed to chop a few mortises. Worked on getting the rear seat support set..
I had to make a flat area so the support could sit without a gap…
Drive the support in. Mark where it touches the post, saw and chisel away the excess until a flat appears.
This is after I had chopped a mortise for the bottom rail of the back. Note the flats? Got those two done, but had a problem…..how to chop a mortise, when it is way out there?
No support out there. Had to move things around again, until things sat like this..
Made it better to whale away at the chisels. Got the mortise deep enough, even after the flat was made, gave all three a test fit….
Will need a little more fine tuning. Which left one more mortise to chop….
The front seat support goes right about where the post and that first rail meet…..looking like I have to move things around….again. happened to look down at the floor…
Hmmm, must of had a heavy rain storm go by. “Creek” is running towards the floor drain….
Yep, right where I have to work. Got tired of wet feet…..slippery sort of thing. Decided I could wait until the creek goes away…maybe later, I can keep chopping holes, and get the two side frames ready to glue up…someday? Stay tuned….S.S. Dungeon Ship standing by..
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