|Project by Javed Akhtar||posted 09-07-2016 11:19 PM||333 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
My niece and nephew (twins) just turned a year old, and I thought I’d make them a little table and a set of four chairs. The joinery is all mortise-and-tenon, including wedged, through mortise and tenons on the breadboard ends. If you’re keeping count, that’s 54 mortise-and-tenon joints, all cut with a drill press + chisel (mortises) and a band saw (tenons). Now I see the appeal of the Domino. Sadly I still can’t afford one.
The breadboard ends are glued only on the through tenon, leaving the ends to float freely and allow for wood movement, but with a tongue and groove to keep everything lined up correctly.
This is all made with locally harvested mountain hemlock that I came across through a friend, aside from the little wedges in the through tenons, which are all made from a little scrap of Indian rosewood. The finish is clear poly. I wanted soemthing extra durable and washable, as kids can be hard on furniture.
Maybe by the time they’re 30 they’ll appreciate the work that went into this. ;)
-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC, http://akhtarwoodshop.com