Christmas Project 2009 #2: Mortise and Tenon of the Game table legs

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Blog entry by dryhter posted 12-04-2009 02:14 AM 1905 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Turning of the legs Part 2 of Christmas Project 2009 series Part 3: Box joint mortise and tenon »

In this video I show how I mortise and tenon the legs and aprons. The first step is to evaluate or critiquing the pieces, I feel each piece on it”s own has positive and negative aspects that need to be addressed. Once evaluated the pieces can be shown for the best possible presentation of the project. If you are just starting out in woodworking it is a good idea to keep tract of your decisions to see how they affected the overall project.

Evaluating and critiquing is a valuable skill to develop along with sense of proportion.
Once evaluated you can lay out the pieces and figure mortise and tenon size, shoulders, reveals and etc. .
Drawing a crude picture helps me with this along with some basic dimensions. From a practical standpoint at this time I work to a sixteenth of an inch, later at the saw I try to hold about a plus/minus 1/64in.(.0156). For those of you wondering I believe the tenon was about .005 to .010 smaller(in thickness) than the mortise.

The next video will deal with making a box joint mortise and tenon so… ........ ... stay tuned.

and yes I know I misspelled TENON in the title of the video, second Highball and no spell check

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 04:22 AM

Great video. Looking forward to watching the next.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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