|Forum topic by Tim Pursell||posted 1934 days ago||1036 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
1934 days ago
I do mostly Arts and Crafts style furniture and have come to hate the layout time to make equally spaced mortices so my spindles line up perfectly. The first few I did I carefully measured & laid out the places I needed to put the mortice, then had a DUH! moment and came up with this system:
I start by cutting spacer blocks that equal the distance from one spindle to the next. Not the space between them , but the space plus the spindle thickness. I only have to mark one place to start a mortice. If I use an uneven number of spindles the mark is in the center of the workpiece, if an even number of spindles are used then I have to start the first mortice 1/2 the size of the spacer off the center of the workpiece I’m using and start the first mortice there. Put half as many spacers as you need against the end of the workpiece and fix a stopblock to your fence. Then move the workpiece away from the stop & add as many spacers as you need (the number of spaces in your design, not the number of spindles—-don’t ask). This photo shows the setup ready to start. I used 1” spacers in this design.
After each plunge of the morticer, remove one spacer and plunge again. Here’s a little more than half way done:
Here’s a batch ready for sanding & final fitup. Behind the parts is one side of the set of tables I’m working on. The stack of spindles in between is not even all the ones I need for this project. I sure wish I would remember how much work these are to build when I sit down & design.
Anybody have other methods to speed up this task?