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Bathroom Vanity Mirror #3: Cutting the Mortise

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 1524 days ago 709 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two of my three new chisels showed up yesterday and after about an hour on the water stones I had the 6mm chisel honed. I flattened the back and sharpened the face. My honing guide would not hold these chisels because they are too deep. Because of this I just sharpened it at the factory angle and did not put a micro bevel on as I had intended. Here is a shot of the chisels.

chisels

Tonight I got started cutting the first mortise. This is my first attempt at cutting a mortise by hand but it is going well so far. I didn’t get it done tonight but got a good start.

Mortise

I am not sure how this should be done exactly, I just marked it out and started wasting away. I know not to get to close to my ends until the end but not really sure if there is a correct way to chop it out. If anyone has tips please let me know.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, Western New York



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dlmckirdy

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#1 posted 1524 days ago

Check out LJ Mike Stefang’s tutorial Here: http://lumberjocks.com/stefang/blog/11534

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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mpmitche

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#2 posted 1523 days ago

Mike’s tutorial was very good and helped a lot. I had watched a Frank Klausz vidio on youtube but it was difficult to hear and you coundn’t see much. That under glass video is brilliant. Thanks for the help guys.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 1522 days ago

3fingerpat, I was looking for the Frank Klausz video when I found Mike’s. I actually think that Mike’s is easeier to understand for a beginner (it was for me, anyway). Frank’s (filmed by Ron Underhill) is an awesome graphic demonstration. Cheers to both for putting these on the web!

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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