|Project by Josh||posted 04-02-2014 07:56 PM||1512 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
While my first project was made of cedar, my main interest has been making craftsman-era and style stuff with oak. So, learning to make through mortise and tenons was first. With a coupon in hand and a bad idea in my head, I went to Harbor Freight and bought a scroll saw. ——-
Let me stop right there and say that I’m still on the early side of learning woodmaking and while I know how to make mortises with a chisel and patience, I thought “hey, why has no one tried this shortcut?”
—-Going back to the project, here I am with 6 pieces of wood. I’ve drilled holes with a drill press and drawn lines to make the 4 mortises for each side. Now, maybe those with good scrollsaw skills or maybe a better machine would’ve made this idea “golden”. As it was, it ended up a bit low rent. It’s still better that what I did when I tried to just use a chisel. Do I recommend the scrollsaw technique? Well, I bought a mortiser now.
While I’m admitting to that shortcut, I’ll also admit another shortcut. The Kreg jig. Since the mortises weren’t exactly “perfect” I knew that glue would only do so much. Which reminds me to say that using a Kreg jig on the tenon itself will only make a hole into the tenon. That was one of those moments where I was glad to be working alone where no one saw me do something that stupid. I will say say that those pocket screws has made these stairs hurricane-proof. I also took a router with a V-shaped bit and made three lines on each step so no slipping.
That said, the pug and bulldog love the stairs now.