Reverse Engineering Complete

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Blog entry by Eric posted 08-26-2008 10:26 AM 964 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I shared about my problems resawing with a handsaw. Several people suggested various jigs, and more than one told me just to go buy a circular saw.

Well, I decided to try to give myself a nice long straight edge to guide the saw. Ended up getting more and more complex, until this is what I ended up with:

complex resaw setup

In the end, it didn’t do that great of a job. So I put off doing this until the day before I had to pack up all my tools. I figured it was now or never, so I just slapped a board in the vise and went to work. And boy, was it work!

simple resaw setup

That picture was taken just after I finished resawing those four boards you see on the bench. Next, I used my bit brace to create the mortises in the side rails, and then chiseled out the waste until the mortises were mostly rectangular. Then I slapped some glue in there and clamped it all together. Here’s the finished product, side by side with the original:

reverse engineering

It’s far from fine woodworking, but for something that will be under someone’s butt all the time and never in their field of vision, it should do the trick. And hey, I got some more mortise practice!

-- Eric at

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 08-26-2008 10:46 AM

That’s pretty impressive, Eric. It certainly makes a person thankful for whatever tools they have. Good luck with the move.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 08-26-2008 12:33 PM

Think of how it helped your guns, too!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#3 posted 08-26-2008 04:04 PM

wow! great job! how did you do the tenons? did you drawbore the mortise and tenon?

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#4 posted 08-26-2008 04:08 PM

Hey Denis, I forgot to even mention that! No, I didn’t have to do anything – the cross pieces fit entirely into the mortise, so there’s no tenon whatsoever. Or rather, the cross piece IS the tenon. You know what I mean.

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 08-26-2008 04:08 PM

Great job on the sawing and the tenons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 08-26-2008 04:41 PM

Nice work.

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#7 posted 08-26-2008 07:15 PM

ya i got it. cool that makes things easier!

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