2010 Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge #9: IWW Eps 12 Part 9 of my project for the 2010 Sawdust Chronicles Build Challenge.

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Blog entry by Shawn Sealer posted 07-17-2011 05:45 AM 1438 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this episode:
Laying out the legs. Cutting the slots for the Inlay. Drill out the mortises and clean out with a chisel

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 07-17-2011 07:43 AM

Thanks Shawn keep em comming…Alf

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 03:54 PM

Shawn, Let me suggest what I do. I have the advantage of going to Marc Adams School of Woodworking, and I have taken the joinery classes, but that doesn’t guaranty perfect joints every time. Marc challenged us to do what my music teachers told me…..practice, practice, practice. So, I try to cut a dovetail or two every time I go to the shop and before I do anything else, as a warm-up. There are a lot of good sites and videos out there that can help when making joints.
I think the cuts looked good, but I would recommend drilling a smaller hole and will enlarge as you fit your joint. Loose tenons are great, but don’t have the strength of a normal tenon. The strength of the tenon is on the shoulder and top and bottom of the tenons. In loose tenons, it has to be tight fit, just as in regular ones. I found that once I got the hang of cutting mortise and tenons, it became easy(ier?) each time I made one. I have a big fire-place burn pile from all my practicing.
For that being your second set of mortises, I think you did good! Keep on practicing joinery. You have a gift of developing skill. Enjoy it and the journey!

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 06:17 AM

Guys thanks for the advice. Rev_John I will try drilling smaller holes. I want to buy a hollow chisel morticer, but i would like to get them down by hand first. Thanks for the great advice.

-- -Shawn

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