Barnsley Reproduction Build #6: Mortising Guide Block

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Blog entry by stevo_wis posted 11-25-2014 03:50 AM 1943 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: One Leg Carved, on to the Frame Part 6 of Barnsley Reproduction Build series Part 7: Frame Layout Complete »

I have 16- 45 degree mortises to chop in the frame and the stretcher for this table. I made this guide block and the photo below shows the half assembled block with the two angled guides that I will chisel to. The small block with the holes in it are a drill guide that I will use to drill out waste before chiseling. That guide will be slipped into the block loosely and after drilling it can be pulled out for chisel work. I am hoping that the drill guide holds up but I have a buddy who said we could make it out of aluminum if need be.

The next photo shows the guide and drill bit in place in the assembled block. When actually drilling I will put a C-Clamp across the entire jig.

This photo shows the position of the chisel when chiseling to the guide block.

Next I will start layout on the blanks and start drilling and chopping.

-- Stevo

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 04:03 AM

Very nice mortises! Thanks for the updates. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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#2 posted 11-27-2014 01:28 AM


Remember the jig I made you for the back slats on the Windsor chairs. I used a bushing from the hardware store for the drill bit guide. If you still have the jig, pop the bushing out and try it.

-- Jiggles, Huntsville (Prison City), Texas

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