|Forum topic by drcodfish||posted 03-10-2016 08:32 PM||622 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-10-2016 08:32 PM
Joinery Kings, your advice is requested:
I am building a mission style desk using Q-sawn white oak. I have the wood and recently bought a new unused but no longer in production power mortising machine (Steel City). I have a Grizzly hybrid table saw and an old but in great condition Grizzly Table saw trenon jig. I have not yet used either the mortiser or the tenoning jig, but plan to do some practice work with these this weekend before I dive into the spendy wood.
Obviously, being a mission style design there is lots of M&T joinery in this project so I have a few questions for the joinery wizards here:
1. Is the Tenon jig worth using? It appears to me to take a fair amount of set up to use this thing, however there are a few assemblies where I will be making many repeated tenons (same dimensions on multiple identical pieces)—that seems to me to be the greatest opportunity for efficiency. But what about the set up time involved for tenons of different dimension? Wound it be better just to use the dado set on the table saw?
One nice thing is that almost all of the desk assembly calls for 3/4” stock. I am starting with 4/4 S2S stock, have dimensioned some of the lumber and my 12” Grizzly planer is working fine and the cheapo Harbor Freight 6” joiner is doing it’s job as well (knock wood). The wood does not show as much figure as I would like but it is very clean (no knots or rot) and displays almost no warp, twist, bow or cupping.
2. Any advice on using the mortiser would be appreciated. It looks to me to be almost brain dead simple, but it is also obvious that precise set up will be needed. Again, the fact that almost all of the stock needing M&T joinery is 3/4” helps reduce the number of set ups and bit changes required.
I am a little intimidated, but really excited about undertaking this project. It represents a big step up for me from smaller projects (boxes and such) to real furniture. Where are the booby traps I need to be watching for?
Yikes, fasten the seatbelts!
-- Dr C