Which came first, the mortise or the tenon?
Well for me today it was the tenon.
Where we left off my dog and cat were at it again
Well our undefeated chunky weight champion is still on top, and I can’t get her to find another place to hang out.
I had the legs done and I worked on the stretcher for the sides. The bottom ones were easy, they were just 4” wide and straight. The tops were a bit more complex and needed to have a step to keep the two thicknesses even, but it went well.
I first milled all my tenons on the table saw and then went to the mortiser to chop out all 12 2” deep mortises.
I like using set up bars, they make life easy. Once I had the tenons made all I had to do was stick them in place and trace them out.
If you don’t have a mortiser I highly recommend picking one up, “they are so choice” as Ferris would say.
With a little fine tuning everything went together well and I am starting to get really excited about building something in my new spot. I have the candle stick holders that need to go out this week and I have a commission for a music stand that just came in that will need to get done asap, so I have to get wrapping this remodel up soon.
There is still a lot to do to get it all finished, but I am getting closer every day.
I went to a shin-dig on Friday and got my award letter and check for the grant to build a bench and chair for the library. I am very excited to start on that as well.
-- Brian Noel