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Pergola for the Yard #3: Hoggin' Out Holes

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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 06-09-2016 03:35 AM 793 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after a much needed shop cleaning, I started the mortises for the beam supports. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to just go at it with a chisel or use the mortiser. Still up in the air about that as I’d really like to get this finished so we can enjoy it in the yard. There’s still a lot of sanding and finishing to do. However I did complete one this afternoon using the drill press and chisel method.

I first made a template to help with layout and then hogged out the mortises on the drill press. This went pretty well with a decent fit for the support.

The process in pics.

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Tomorrow I think I’m going to try the mortiser to see if I can expedite this process a bit.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)



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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 11:19 AM

That last picture hooked me, can’t wait to see what comes next.

-- Brian Noel

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 06-09-2016 12:51 PM

LOL well I hope I don’t disappoint. It’s just a bunch of sticks holding up a bunch of other sticks.

Here’s a “worked in” shop look for you. I know you’ve said it was too clean ;)


That last picture hooked me, can t wait to see what comes next.

- bearkatwood


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 09:56 PM



Tomorrow I think I m going to try the mortiser to see if I can expedite this process a bit.
- builtinbkyn

Bill, why do you think God made electrons? :D

-- Art

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#4 posted 06-10-2016 12:02 AM

Looks good Bill. Does your mortiser have enough travel go through all that stock? If you can get your hands on one you might try a pig sticker to clean them, way faster than a bench chisel.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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builtinbkyn

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#5 posted 06-10-2016 02:29 AM

Hey Kevin and thanks. The mortising bits will just make it thru the post at 3”. However I think I’m going to use a router and drill press to speed things up. I’ll need to make another template from some MDF to accommodate the bushing. A few weeks back I picked up a Whiteside 1/2”x3” spiral bit from Gramercy Tools, figuring I’d need it for something. Now I have something I need it for :)

I have mortising chisels. Not sure why I didn’t grab one when I did that first mortise. I guess I figured the wider bench chisel would register better against the scored lines and take more material per pass. I did go to the bigger mallet though ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 06-10-2016 12:40 PM

So he could do his work faster :)

Tomorrow I think I m going to try the mortiser to see if I can expedite this process a bit.
- builtinbkyn

Bill, why do you think God made electrons? :D

- AandCstyle


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 06-10-2016 11:32 PM

Spent a few hours in the shop this afternoon and made short work of the mortises after making a jig to accommodate a busing and a 1/2”x3” spiral bit.

First I hogged out most of the material with the drill press then I hit them with the router/bushing/bit combo from both sides. Getting the north/south alignment correct was the toughest part. Guess that’s what rulers are for. The passes from each side weren’t enough to make it thru the post so I used a large trim bit with a bearing, to clean up the middle section. After that it was just clearing the corners with a chisel.

Art you’re right. Electrons are your friend. They’re mine right now ;)

It’s not furniture grade joinery, but it will certainly do what I need and look fine as well.

One day I’ll get better at doing all of this by hand But for now, I saw the light!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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