After the last setback I started to figure out what I could do to correct the problem. I had visions of a three legged saw bench for a while, until my daughter saw my plans and proclaimed them “silly”. Dad can’t have a “silly” sawbench, it just doesn’t work.
I went down to Lowes for a 2X4 to make legs for my bench. There were only about ten in the pile so I was sure I wouldn’t find a good one. After looking at and rejecting several I found the perfect one! When I checked the ring count on the end grain it had about 12 rings per inch. According to Bob Smalser the higher the ring count the stronger the wood. After looking at other 2X4s I found that 4-6 rings per inch is more common. So I found leg material that was stronger then what I had.
I started to work the joinery this afternoon. Splitting out the tenons was fun and in just a few minutes my tenons were done and I started on the mortises. Again Mr. Smalser came to the rescue.
Chopping mortises is hard work! And chopping them in 2×4 material is really hard work! But with persistance I got them chopped and learned a few things in the process.
- Your chisels must be sharp
- It goes pretty fast.
- Your tools much be sharp
- Too prevent tearout on through mortises, chop from both sides to the middle.
- Sharp tools are key
- Did I mention sharp tools?
-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA