|Forum topic by gljacobs||posted 03-29-2011 10:32 PM||1485 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-29-2011 10:32 PM
I recently glued up a stool that I’ll be posting soon and boy was it a learning lesson.
I didn’t have a problem going through the motions and completing what I wanted to do, but what I didn’t want was the imprecision.
My first trouble was with the slop between the mortise and tenon and that can be fixed with more practice.
-to establish the cut before turning the legs. Either all the way and filling them temporarily or by starting them and then with a mirror on the back side of the bandsaw and finishing them after I was done turning
-To make a v-notch jig set up on my bandsaw. this option leaves the problem of squaring the cut down the axis of the spindle and the use of a table saw. (I should have added that I only really have a bandsaw, jointer and a planer, and hand tools which make everything take longer and require more skill.(not a problem if I had more time))
I opted to cut the wedge slots with a dovetail saw, which would have worked fine if I had more skill. I ended up trying to make a wedge shaped slot and then I had to trim each wedge to it’s corresponding leg because they were all different. Needless to say the time involved could have been cut down dramatically had I had different tools and/or better skills.
And I cut the wedges using a simple wedge jig(a notched piece of plywood). I hand planed the wedges before cutting them and then the reverse after they came off the bandsaw.
Please let me know if I’m just missing something or if these problem are legitimate because I was freaking out during glue up, taking the wedges out, trimming them and then refitting them(one leg actually split a little, I swore…repeatedly)