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Forum topic by gljacobs posted 05-28-2011 03:48 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2011 03:48 AM

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The charity is for my friend and her daughter. Her daughter had a seizure at three months old that left her with partial blindness and partial hearing lost and they had to amputate her foot due to problems stemming from circulation. it also left her mentally handicapped. I’ll post the Facebook link as soon as I get more information.
The charity is next weekend and I’m doing a build for charity and I’ve never done it before and I need some advise….fast. I don’t know how to get the mortises lined up correctly and I’m not sure about how to determine the length of the spindle. The spindle is for the stretcher to rest your feet on.
Do I drill the hole first and then turn the leg?
Do I drill it after? if so should I make a jig and determine the angle?
Confuse….need help….thanks ahead of time.

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 05:08 AM

Garett – I’m not exactly sure what you’re trying to do… but a rule of thumb when working with mortise joints is to cut the mortise 1st, then the tenon ( whole first, then the stretcher). The reason for this procedure is simple. In your situation, turn the stretcher down to approximately the right size, but stop before achieving your goal. Then make your final adjustment on the tenon or stretcher.

As for measuring, start with a finality. What this means is once you have the length of the legs exactly the same measurement, either mark the exact top of the whole from the top of the legs, or the bottom of the hole from the bottom of the legs. Whatever you do, do all legs the exact same way.

I hope this helps. If another LJ suggests a different method, don’t fret. One thing I’ve learned is that each tasks has different ways of accomplishing that same desired result. Choose whichever method you’re most comfortable with. My method works for me!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 03:10 AM

Thanks for the advice.
I think the hardest part is going to be figuring the angle for the jig for making the mortise for the stretcher.
I thought maybe a board with a v notch and stop at the end to hold it.
I’ve also though about pre-drilling the mortises and then plugging them and then after the legs are turned drilling a screw in the plug to pull it out( using a tight fit to ensure the plugs stay while turning.)
It’s a road I’ve never traveled so it’ll be a good learning lesson.

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