Japanese Garden Bench #2: Pal-ing Around

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Blog entry by newTim posted 02-01-2009 09:10 PM 7587 reads 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: In progress: base Part 2 of Japanese Garden Bench series Part 3: Dry Fit the Bench: Mortise Results »

I love a plan when it comes together!

So when is woodworking fun? When you can steadily progress through the various steps with ease and accuracy. Yesterday I had a lot of fun cutting mortises with the Mortise Pal. If you’ve seen my review you know I’m a fan and my experience yesterday really confirmed my view.

Lining up the mortise pal

I watched Charles Neil’s demonstration of Jessem’s Zip Slot Mortise Mill and although I haven’t used that tool, based on the video I’ve got to say I don’t get it. I’d much rather have the Mortise Pal. It appears to have many more setup options and can handle larger pieces. It looks like a lot of money for little functionality especially when compared to the Mortise Pal.

I was able to cut parallel mortises in matching pieces with dead-on accuracy. Whether in the middle of a leg or the top of a post, it was very easy and repeatable.

In a situation where I had two pieces of different thicknesses and I wanted one side (plane) of each to be flush, I just made sure to register the jig on the same face of each. As I said in my review it is the same as lining up a biscuit joiner.

Check out my next blog entry for progress photos and a dry fit of the base.

-- tim hill

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