quick tip. why rip a tenon, smack it with a chisel and move on

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Blog entry by paoh posted 10-01-2011 05:41 PM 677 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just figured id pass on my stroke of desperate luck. i built a saw bench loosely based on christopher schwartz 5 dollar saw bench out of some leftovers of a fence project. the base is 4×4 treated posts at a 10 degree angle and 2×4 stretchers secured by half lap joints glue and nails. the top is an 8 foot 2×12 i found that was in bad shape. there was a crack through the length that i glued and crudely clamped with rope. the top is unsecured and until last night i started the joinery planing on wedged through tenons. the base is made so the cuting of the tenons were a real bear. at one point i got so frustrated with my cheap japanese crosscut saw that i was using to rip the tenon i dropped it and grabbed a 1 1/8” chisel and mallet and lined up the the cut line and smack a chunck went flying and the result was near perfect. just curious how many types of wood you can get away with this. i had already made the cross cut but if i dont need to rip the tenon i could save lots of time and energy.

someday i’ll post pics. just started my first cabinet project. I bought 16 bd feet of 1/2 hard maple for a jewelry box based on a machinist tool chest…

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