As much as I would love to brag about all my perfectly shaped hand cut mortises, that’s just not going to happen. particularly the perfect part of that. So I decided to cut all the mortises into the legs with a plunge router. I started out with just marking out where all the mortises are going to be, very carefully since that are not centered on the leg (I 100% messed that up on one) Then I made a base for my router with some adjustable guides, that slides along the legs. I also m...
After the mortise video, I had a few questions about how to create the tenon. Here is my version.
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I decided not to narrate this one. I think the video speaks for itself. This is all the rail and stile joinery I did for the frame of the bench. Nothing revolutionary here, but I did summarize the mistakes I made at the end of the video.Enjoy! Oak Storage Bench Part Three: The Joinery
Hello all, just in case anyone is following along I’ll continue here with how I added the gunstock joints to the legs as an afterthought.I had already prepped the leg blanks and cut mortises when I decided (influenced in large part by a nice arts and crafts hall table in a magazine article) that the table would benefit from”flowing” the legs into the apron frames with gunstock joints. This will probably be easier to visualise if I show you the end result, so this is what ...
My custom-made western red cedar fence is done and so is the kitchen rehab, including cherry cabinets and a matching cherry ladder system I designed and purchased from an old-line rolling ladder maker in NYC for reaching the tallest cabinets near the 10’ ceiling: After cutting through walls to open up space above doors and changing all door trim to 8’ high trim, I had two glass workers (an experienced gent in Alabama and a lady in Telluride CO) each make two transom ...
Chair design is a fairly new design concept. Read Witold Rybczynski’s book called Home and he points out that chairs were used only by royalty for centuries. The idea of comfort only came later on after the Middle Ages. The notion that people could sit unceremoniously slouched around a dinner table took a few more centuries to take hold. We discover the intricacies of chair design this weekend. Three days of design, engineering, and joinery. What a trio! On Day One we look into the n...
Have a bandsaw? What about a handsaw? Either way you can make a half lap miter joint easily and create even stronger corner joints. I go through some quick steps to accomplish this task on the bandsaw and then using a handsaw. View on YouTube
I haven’t practiced sawing in a while. As if that makes any difference. It does. I will get to the bench and try my hand at a dovetail and I won’t know where exactly to put my feet. Or rather, I put my feet where I think they’re supposed to go and they don’t feel quite right. Or I don’t feel right and I’m thinking about how to stand instead of standing and cutting. First tail gets done. I start to cut the second tail and I start to feel that things are getting right again. I launch into th...
The last picture from the previous post is a good place to start for this segment. After the inlays were done, each piece is rabbeted on all 4 sides. The bloodwood edging also has a rabbet. Since the joint is visible from both sides and I had a little bit of variation in the rabbets, I labeled each side for a wide or narrow joint. Each piece of edging was carefully fitted for a tight joint. Then the edging was glued on.This is a good time to point out that the joinery plan calls for ...
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