|Forum topic by pete79||posted 03-21-2011 03:38 PM||1081 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-21-2011 03:38 PM
I’m about to embark on attaching a bench seat to the legs of a bench that I’m making for my parents and have a question about this step…
I’m thinking that a through mortise, leaving the tennon on the top of the legs slightly proud of the surface of the bench seat might be a nice touch. My tool choices for cutting the mortise are a plunge router, or hand chisels. I’m going through a 8/4 slab of red oak, and the tennons will be about 1” x 1”. I’ve never cut a mortise by hand before, but am thinking this is my best option?
My main issue is that I’m nervous about going all the way through my really nice 8/4 slab of oak, so I probably just need to get over that. But i’m looking for any words of wisdom, tips, tricks, etc. before I go for it.
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