This was the most time consuming part of the whole business. Though I drilled out the mortises with a forstner bit, they still required a lot of clean up. Perhaps too much slop in the drill press or the tenon was just slightly oversized. Anyway, I chiseled away, made the witdth and depth of the mortises a bit oversized for the purpose of wiggle/expansion room, and glue.
I found that I had to fix the mortises even after these pictures by drilling just a bit deeper.
Marking the mortise depth
The depth line made clear
Setting drill depth
Checking alignment before checking the layout.
First wholes drilled beyond mortise width…exact fit is not desired or needed.
Checking the Fit
These pictures don’t reflect the best fit because I had yet to drill just a bit deeper!
side view 1
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