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

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 1215 days ago 1691 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 http://www.crateandbarrel.com/furniture/entryway-benches/addison-storage-bench-with-cushions/s661093.

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!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty



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489tad

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#1 posted 1214 days ago

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

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

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 1214 days ago

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

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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kayakdude

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#3 posted 1214 days ago

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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chrisstef

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#4 posted 1214 days ago

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.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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lumberhack

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#5 posted 1213 days ago

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

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