|Project by Brit||posted 05-18-2012 02:20 PM||2992 views||1 time favorited||32 comments|
I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t going to bother posting this quick and dirty project, but then I thought people might like to know what I do when faced with those day to day woodworking projects that I REALLY don’t want to do. My wife needed a salad bar to hold 14 tupperware containers for our street party.
Let’s be clear though, this is not fine woodworking. This salad bar will be used once and then trashed. Now the quickest way to do it would have been to simply screw the rails onto the face of the legs, jigsaw out the holes in the MDF for the containers and screw the MDF onto the rails, but where’s the fun in that? So I decided to use mortise and tenon joinery. Now I’ve cut loads of mortise and tenon joints before by hand, so I really don’t have to think about the process. Usually though, I take my time and strive for perfection with each one. This time it would be all about speed. Ideally, I wanted them to fit properly right off the saw with no paring.
I used the following method to cut out each mortise.
- Drill two 10mm holes to a depth of 15mm.
- One paring cut either side inbetween the two holes
- Two full depth chopping cuts either end and lever out the waste.
My method for each tenon was:
- Two rip cuts for the cheeks.
- Two rip cuts to establish a shoulder top and bottom
- Four crosscuts around the shoulders to remove the waste.
The first one took me about 10 minutes, but by the end of it I was knocking out a completed mortise and tenon joint in just over 5 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 28 joints fitted acceptably straight off the saw and the other 4 needed only light paring. This little exercise turned this dull project into a bit of fun for me, so the next time SWMBO gets you to do something boring, why not look for a way to challenge yourself.
When my wife saw the four completed units, she said ”See you can work fast if you want to.”
Do you think I’ve made a rod for my own back now?
P.S. – The wife is going to paint them all white at the weekend.
-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)