Garden Gate III #5: One good mortise deserves a tenon

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Blog entry by newTim posted 12-03-2009 07:52 AM 4469 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The stiles and rails are connected with pairs of tenons. Or is it mortises? Or morties? Yuk yuk… yeah well you use the same set up for the side mortises as you use to make the arch. Call it the lazy man’s way to woodworking. Actually I went ahead and cut the mortises in the stiles and bottom rail while the glue was drying on the arch. Then all I had to do was four quick mortises on the sides of the arch and the gate frame was ready for glue up.

There are 20 mortises in all (5 joints, 4 mortises/joint, 10 tenons). It didn’t seem like that many until I counted them all up. Mortises sure add up fast. They are all about 1 1/2” deep so I cut the tenons a little shy of 3”, cleaned up the mortises with some chisels and used Tightbond III glue to put the frame together.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 12:03 PM

It’s taking its shape now. Keep up good work Tim.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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