After I posted about doing my first hand-cut mortise and tenon, Scott wanted to see how I chopped my mortise. He said, “The only time I tried to chop a mortice I left most of a 1/4” chisel broken off in the wood.” Well, when I read that, I kind of freaked out because I hadn’t considered that I could have broken my blade! But I decided to trust in what I was taught, and to remember that I had, indeed, done one successfully. So I decided to keep at it for my second mortise. ...
Today I was able to do both tenons for the supporting rail (rail? stile?) for the step stool I’m building. It’ll be a through tenon and have wedges when it’s done. I also had time to do one mortise today. This one looks pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself. However, TOTAL DISCLOSURE: The other one didn’t go as well. My line on the cheeks weren’t very straight so the tenon narrows at it nears the shoulders. This, my friends, is not good. I might not need ...
Time for the Mortise and tenons. First of all, thanks to all who gave me advice about the mortising machine from the last blog. I did hone and tune the chisel and mortise machine and it did cut considerably better. I also turned the chisel so that the open side faces the previously bored section and didn’t have any trouble with chips getting stuck (thanks Betsy!) So I made the layout lines on my legs: And cut the mortises. Notice the stop block for repeatability: I w...
So for a very long time I have been planning to build my daughter a bed. I have been reading anything I could get about bed construction (I really liked “Anatomy of a Bed” from Fine Woodworking), checking out different beds for design concepts, and construction methods, and have been mentally practicing building it for the longest time. so I finally came up with the following design. frame is all Maple, joinery is Mortise & Tenon and headboard/footboard panels are planne...
I am dedicating this installment to GaryK’s comment from a previous entry. Gary this picture is for you: In addition to these three bags of shavings, there were a several more that either were added to the compost or made spectacular fireplace starter on some recent colder rainy nights. The three planes pictured below were my workhorses, the scrub in the top most position, no. 5 in the middle, and smooth at the bottom. In the course of all this planing, I am finding the ergo...
I had a few hours to work in the shop before the Super Bowl started. I was able to hog out all of the mortises. The router and drill press combination worked out really nice. I had time to clean out the mortises in two of legs and fit one of the small stretches into the mortises. So far the fit is working out pretty well. I still have a little more tweaking to do on some of the shoulders, but over all not too bad.
Given all of the buzz about the new Festool Domino, I thought that I’d share a technique that I’ve been using for years to do loose tenon joinery. While I think that the Festool Domino looks like a great tool, it may be out of reach, price-wise, for many woodworkers. In this post on my blog, I show a budget alternative. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
OK Bob and I got together today to have a training class on Raised Panel construction. See Bob blog on Mortise and Tenon - Help Needed #1 We forgot to take pictures through the process. #2 He forgot half of his wood at home. #3 We couldn’t find enough pieces to make 1 full door so we looked through my Popular stash and found a 12” piece that would give him the required 9” piece. #4 We cut my popular to get it to the correct size. Then we found a way to get it ...
Time to turn my attention to the back. The locking mortise and tenon had been designed and it was now time to cut the mortises in the sides of the back. They were marked thru the holes in the sides and tape placed on the back to give the ends of the mortises. Using the horizontal router table. A view from the side. All of the wedge key tenons were made long so they are now being cut to the appropriate length minus 1/8” to allow for the back to move. And cut the wedge tenons to the co...
Hooray! The final glue-up of all the pieces is finished, and boy am I tired! The last post left me sharpening my chisel and getting ready to square up the 28 mortises. This was indeed as difficult as I feared. It’s not that squaring a mortise is that hard, but there were so many of them. This was the time to remember the old adage that a mountain is climbed one step at a time. Each mortise was just one mortise, and that’s how I approached the problem. The problem with SYP...
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