Laying out a mortise

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Forum topic by trippcasey posted 03-16-2013 02:39 AM 887 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2013 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip mortise and tenon joints lay out

I’m making a table that has two wide but angled legs. I’m having trouble laying out the mortises for the support running from one leg to the other. My thoughts are to find the center from the square cut top and use a square to run a line down to the full length of my mortise, then square off of that line half the width of my mortise each side of the center line. Sounds easy enough, but I spent so much time shaping the legs that I dont want to screw it up. Anybody have any experience they can share with this issue?

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 04:17 AM

Pictures please, thanks.

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 04:43 AM

Sounds ok. Your mortise width will be mostly defined
by the tool you use to cut it. Really, all you need to
do is mark one edge and the ends. The centerline
is most useful for router mortising setups.

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