|Forum topic by BobD||posted 11-27-2011 09:14 AM||1084 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-27-2011 09:14 AM
I need to create three evenly spaced 3/8”x 3/8” square through mortises centered on a ¾” x 1” x 23” rail. I’m using white oak hardwood for this project. The mortises are meant to emulate a traditional Greene & Greene detail feature used during the Arts and Craft era. I don’t have a stand alone mortising machine or a drill press mortising attachment. I have a set of sharp Marples wood chisels but don’t want to free hand square through mortises. I’m looking for even and consistent square mortises. Looking for suggestions on how this could be done without the specialty type tools.
One way that I thought of would be to rip the rail down the middle of the 23” length, then clamp the two pieces face to face and use a dado blade set at 3/16” and cut square grooves across the top edges and the glue the two pieces back together. My concern is a visible glue line.
Suggestions/ideas/comments are welcomed. Thanks.
-- Bob, San Diego