Split Top Bench #3: Mortise #1 the Begining

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Blog entry by laxbograt posted 02-14-2012 02:37 PM 7076 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well last night / this morning got started with the bench top mortises, all I can say is wow.

I started by marking the hole on the back and front, I don’t want any blowout so I decided to to cut it halfway through and meet in the middle.

I then got my brace and my new bits out so that I could get the majority of the wood cleared out. Unfortunately my new bits weren’t very sharp so I ended up just using a fostner bit for the job.

Then I got to breakout my new Woodriver chisel set, I don’t have any mortise chisels, and started beating it square. One word of warning make sure to clamp the boards together so you don’t end splitting your laminated seem apart.

Here is the semi-finished product, I started to fit them together but it need a little more room so i might adjust the cheeks a little.

Not to shabby for my first hand cut mortise.

Took me about an hour total, 1/4 done with the top mortises.

Any suggestion or tricks I should know on how to improve my through mortises would be great.

PS I forgot to Update my running total, the lumber for the legs cost me $32 apparently the woman at Lowes couldn’t count and charged me for 7 not 8 boards. Bonus!!

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 02:47 PM

looking good. I don’t think there are many other ways to go about making this mortise other than removing most material with a drill and then cleaning up with a chisel. the only thing I can think of is trying to stay as close as possible (within reason based on your comfort level of course) to the mortise lines when drilling, that leaves you with less labor and less strain on the chisels when cleaning it up. of course – keep chisels sharp at all times and give them a bit of strop during work – these are large mortises and give your chisels a beating.

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