My first wood joints

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Project by Keelan posted 04-04-2011 04:54 AM 6683 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going through my first projects from my carpentry course and found these wood joints I did as a chisel exercise. I kept these as they were my first of each joint type. My mortise and tenon joint was probably the hardest to get right, I ended up re-cutting the mortise twice and the tenon once simply because I kept taking too much off because I kept trying to finish with a chisel that needed to be sharpened. Lesson? Keep those chisels sharp!

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 05:52 AM

yes its nice to look back and see how much you have improved
oh the good old days i wish i could have them back !
thanks for sharing


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 08:13 AM

Not finished…. either…???

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 03:58 PM

I remember doing this type of stuff in my carpenter apprentiship program.

-- If you build it, they will come

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Fraser Gandy

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 04:04 AM

Those really were a pain weren’t they? I also learned that lesson of always keeping your chisels sharp. I sharpen mine every friday now!

-- Drummer Gandy

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 07:40 PM

In most cases you should cut your mortise first,and your tenon to fit.It’s easier to make a tenon smaller,than it is to make a mortise smaller.Same goes for most joints,cut the female or receiving end of the joint before the male or protruding end.

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada -

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 07:41 PM

and nice work! keep it up

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada -

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