Cypress Entry Bench #1: Many a mortise, Many a tenon

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 03-29-2011 03:14 AM 2590 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My latest project is going to be an entry bench with boot rack and two fold up seats with storage underneath modeled after the one seen here

The lumber will be cypress, the joinery will be mortise and tenon. After careful examination and sketching out the plan i got to work planing and rough cutting the lumber last weekend. With the lumber planed, jointed, and cut to rough length i got to work on the legs. I couldnt come across any 10/4 cypress so i glued up 3 pieces for each leg.

This weekend i was able to get all 16 mortises done using the drill press, a forstner bit, and a chisel. They came out a little furry but will work just fine as far as im concerned.

Tonight i was able to get to work on making the tenons. I will be using the router table with a 3/4” straight bit and trimming the tenons down by hand.

I was able to get 2 of the 8 apron pieces fitted nice and snug.

Today was a good day in the wobbly leg workshop!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 03:33 PM

Chris, The mortise looks good! 16, thats a lot of chopping.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 05:58 PM

Yea it was about 6 hours worth of drilling and chopping but the hard part is over with and thats enough motivation for me.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 01:15 AM

ever try mortise press that fits in a drill press it would save you a lot of time and it cut the hole square and deep as you wan’t . but over all looks real nice keep up the good work .

-- kayakdude

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 01:22 AM

i havent tried the mortise attachment, from what ive read they can be hit or miss but it sure would have helped out a lot ill tell ya that. thanks kayak.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 04:37 AM

Thats going to be a great bench. And it’s solid wood, not like that veneered particle board that crate and barrel sells.

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