Maybe this blog can help some newbies. Experienced woodworkers and those with good training (not me) know that you should cut the mortises and tenons while the stock is still rectangular. Since I didn’t remember this until after cutting some parts for a toy baby cradle to their curved shape, I had to find solutions to problems encountered when cutting some mortises and tenons. The first problem surfaced as I was cutting the tenons on an upper rails for the head board and foot boards....
OK, so maybe following me home is a little bit of a lie. I drove about 1.5 hours to go pick it up. ;-) Almost all the tools in my shop are craigslist finds and for the most part I’ve got all the power tools I need and even whittled down a few that didn’t see much use like a shaper. The last one I’ve been trolling for was mortiser. I looked at a few table top units like the Delta and really didn’t like them. Space being very tight in my shop I wasn’t sure I wan...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options If you make a lot of mortise and tenon joints, a Hollow Chisel Mortiser is a tool you should really consider. It makes quick work of the repetitive task of batching out mortises. And unlike the router, it leaves nice square ends that pair perfectly with tenons made at the tablesaw or cut by hand. This is a fairly comprehensive video and tells you pretty much everything you need to know to purchase, set up, and use a ...
Before I attack the stepped pattern, it made sense to work on the bridle joints that occur where the top of the posts meet the ends of the top rails. Using my super sled and a small attachment I made for cutting tenons, I made the mortise on the top of the posts using a standard blade by making a pass, rotating the board and taking another, before finally moving the fence and using a 3rd pass to clean up the center. The result is a perfectly centered mortise. The only problem I find I have wi...
Here’s a chain mortiser I picked up recently. These things aren’t too common these days, except for timber framers who use portable ones that clamp to the beam you want to cut a mortise in. This is an older model stationary mortiser with a 2 HP 220 volt motor. It’s very powerful and can hog out these through mortises in a 2×4 in about 20 seconds. The mortise this mortiser cuts is too long for cabinet doors, but it will work well for full-sized doors and for heav...
This is the newest addition in my shop. I realized it was necessesary to build this one for my upcoming projects that will require a lot of M/T joineries. Please watch my video at youtube to see how it works. Hope you find my jig interesting. Thanks
The second run of mortises is in the legs. The tenoned rails will surround the juniper panels. Rather than squirt the air after each two holes, I looped a hose clamp around the air gun and trigger and used a nut driver to control it. (Nut driver is resting on the screw for the photo only.) It didn’t take much air to keep the work area clean. It was easier to get a bore – slide – bore – stack flow going when there was no interruption to work the air. The mortis...
I’m beginning a new project in the style of Greene and Greene and to do that I need to be able to cut good mortise and tenon joints. And since every new project requires a new tool, I bought 2…
Summer has flown by. I found a little time here and there to work on the stools. It never seemed like much, but when I look at the result I can see significant progress. I’ll show how I spent my summer (when I was in the shop). Preliminary Leg Shaping Several of the leg pieces shifted shape during the rough cut process. The final shape of the back legs requires some material removal. I decided to shape the side that removed material from the center of the leg. If the wood shifted ...
When I started woodworking last year I was doing mortising with a cordless drill and a cheap set of chisels. Based on the advice of my fellow lumberjocks I eventually tried using a plunge router with a spiral upcut bit, still cleaning up the edges and corners with a chisel. Then, the other day I was browsing craigslist and saw an ad for a Jet Mortiser for $140. I quickly called and drove out to see it. The mortiser was in pristine condition, only used once and came with three chisel...
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