An Adventure In Mortise and Tenon

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Project by pyromedic602 posted 2242 days ago 1694 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project in my new shop and also my first attempt at mortise and tennon joinery. I decided that I needed a stand for my planner and built this cabinet. It is 37” x 40” by 28”. The base is built with 2×4 common stock that I milled to the desired size. once assembled the joints were “pinned” with 1/4” dowel as well as glue. The top is some hard wood that I had around the shop. I am not sure what species it is I am awful with identifying wood. The base is delicatly covered with 3 coats of the best Krlon spray on stain I could buy. The top has 4 coats of brushed on poly. It is very strong and stable. I tested buy standing on top and jumping. Not the safest method but was very effective test of how strong my joints are. Any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#1 posted 2242 days ago

I am jealous that your shop furniture is nicer than my living room furniture… Nice job.

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#2 posted 2242 days ago

That top may be some good old Douglas Fir, just guessing from the pictures. As we said in Kentucky, “Ain’t nothing wrong with that, son!”

Looks great—good idea to make a stable platform for the planer. They told us at fire school that fireman could break up bowling balls with toothpicks, so if it held up to your jumping on it, it’s a go!

Well done!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#3 posted 2242 days ago

Nice looking table!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 2242 days ago

That is for your shop? That top is very very nice.

Thanks for posting.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#5 posted 2241 days ago

This is about as nice a planer table as I have seen. You did a good job on the construction and finish.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 2241 days ago

Beautiful table , great project

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 2241 days ago

Boy I don’t know if I would want to scratch it all up by sitting a planner on top. That turned out nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 2241 days ago

Looks like it belongs in the kitchen more than the shop.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 2240 days ago

Beautiful table. Very nice job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 2235 days ago

Nice looking table!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 2232 days ago

Really nice table…..looks better that what we have in the stations. I am gonna laugh though when you bust thru and crack you mellon stress testing it. LOL

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#12 posted 1729 days ago

Wood Looks Rustic Hickory

-- Steve

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#13 posted 1729 days ago

Well done David looks super.

-- Custom furniture

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