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Forum topic by bdresch posted 11-19-2014 04:33 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bdresch

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11-19-2014 04:33 PM

I was thinking of building the below footstool for my little ones for Xmas. This would be my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery. I have some beautiful 10” wide Ipe boards that I thought would look great, but I have never actually made anything from Ipe so am worried about how hard it is. I also have some nice looking Hickory and some black walnut, but those boards are all 6” so I would have to edge join them to make them wide enough. For a guy new to mortises should I attempt the Ipe or just join up some of the hickory or walnut?

Thanks

http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/2038/free-plan-sturdy-footstool


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#1 posted 11-19-2014 10:54 PM

Ipe is very difficult to make M/T joints with hand tools. Going with the grain, it will splinter. Going across grain it will dull chisels after a couple of chops. If you plan to use power tools (router and table saw) for the joinery it can be done.
Just my experience.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 11-19-2014 11:07 PM

I can make the tenons using my table saw, but I will need to square up the mortises with chisels.

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#3 posted 11-19-2014 11:35 PM

Make the tenon ends round, and use a router bit to cut the mortises. You can try to square up the mortise with chisels, but I have not had very good luck with that.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 12:22 AM

It might be a good idea to cut your teeth with a more workable wood like walnut, especially if you are trying to do angled through-mortises like that plan calls for. Ipe is brutal to work with hand tools and you will have to do a considerable amount of hand work to fit those joints if you follow that plan.

Edge jointing is a no-brainer, angled through-mortises in ipe are a frontal lobotomy.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 12:26 AM

Sounds good. I’ll try some of the black walnut I have.

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