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Project by Michael posted 02-11-2017 11:04 PM 721 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these a few months ago; my first attempt at drawbored tennons. The redwood is so soft, I pierced the mortise trying to force one of the dowels! I bought a round file to adjust the holes in future tenons. The dimensions are based on using a 12 ft piece of 4×4 and wanting a 28 inch tall work height.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 11:58 PM

Good job, Michael. Nice and sturdy. I love drawbored tenons. How much of an offset did you have in the tenon hole?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 01:06 AM

Interesting method this drawbored tenon. Looked it up and will have to try it sometime. You got experience using this method on a practical project, good idea and it turned out very nice. This is 4×4 construction using redwood, how heavy are these things?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Michael

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 03:11 AM

Ron, I tried to have about 1/16”, but the bad one must have been a bit more than that.
Woodbutcher, they are very light actually. Redwood is soft (the reason I chose it for my first try chopping a mortise) and light weight.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 03:48 AM

Well if these are your first you have a good in hand tool woodworking. The joinery looks first class. Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 04:37 AM



Ron, I tried to have about 1/16”, but the bad one must have been a bit more than that.
Woodbutcher, they are very light actually. Redwood is soft (the reason I chose it for my first try chopping a mortise) and light weight.

- Michael

Interesting, you look and see 4×4 size and just figure = heavy duty. I mean they look like something you mount a 3 inch butcher block table to and move it with 6 guys from work. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 02-12-2017 02:42 PM

These are very nice and great additions to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Blackberry

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#7 posted 02-12-2017 04:37 PM

I also fabricated a workbench using draw bore tenons. I later regretted not taking more pictures to share during the process. It produces a crazy solid joint. Rewarding isn’t it.

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Terry Thompson

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#8 posted 02-12-2017 04:44 PM

Beautiful and they looked extremely sturdy. Nice job.

-- Terry, Virginia

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woodcox

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#9 posted 02-13-2017 03:00 AM

Nice work Michael. I love mine.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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