With the legs done it is time to move on to the rails. I have milled these guys during the milling process. The tenons are different for each type of rail (e.g. botttom long, bottom short, and top short. Thus, I took extra care in getting them marked up.
I didn’t take pics but I cut the tenons using the table saw and a dado stack. Well the first one I cut ended up too loose. Just a little but it wasn’t right. So i go into repair mode.
The other 11 tenons went well except maybe the fact the probably over corrected and left too much bulk on all tenons. I did alot of sneaking up on each fit. Thank goodness I don’t do this for a living because I would surely starve.
Since the moritises are done with a router I need to round over the tenons. First I undercut with my flush cut saw.
Then I would round over the base with a chisel. Next, Bevel the corners at a 45 with the course side if the Shinto rasp. Then further round with the fine side if the Shinto rasp. THis is the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to use this rasp and i was quite please with its performance. The certainly removes material fast and effeciently. However, it is not a finishing rasp as the resultant surface is fairly rough even on the “fine” side.
The completed tenon…..
Sneaking up on the fit. A little aggressive with the rounding over but that doesn’t effect the fit.
One by one they are coming together. On the top rail, I left some extra material so I can plane down flush witht the leg shoulders.
Now back to the repair. I just need a few thousandths to make it snug. I don’t have a tenon saw so stated with a DT saw. You can see the sliver of scabbed material. THen fished it off with a X-cut saw.
After getting that final tenon to fit, the groove for the self leger was dado’d into the bottom rails.
THe base is ready for draw boring and assembly!!
Next up is the leg vise then I’ll be getting close to putting the baby together. Thanks for stopping by.
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