Plant stand #3: Tenons and added detailing

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 03-17-2016 01:55 AM 1250 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So after I finished cutting the mortises, I stood the legs upright to visualize the table. It was then that I realized I had made an error in the layout. I had laid out and cut the left to right mortises, (for the front rail), on the wrong side of the legs. I am so proud of myself for not throwing anything across the shop. I just stood there and thought what was I thinking…?

#3 below is on the wrong side of the leg. You can see that the side rail, (mortise #4), would be inset 7/8” instead of the planned 3/8”

Now I had to cut the mortises on the correct side of the legs. Not a big problem. The problem is, what do I do with eight extra holes. On a different project I filled similar holes using a butterfly inlay made of walnut. I considered this but 8 is a lot of butterflies. Instead I decided to add some corbels on the outside edges. #10 below is the mortise cut on the correct side of the leg.

Below are the front and back rails. I cut the tenons on the router table. I have a Jessum lift and it is very accurate and repeatable. These tenons all fit very snug.

Below are the side rails and some of the corbels. Out of 24 tenons, 22 fit well. 2 were cut too loose. Not by much. Only a few thousands of an inch off.

I planed some shavings off of a piece of pine. Here I have glued the shaving onto a loose tenon. It doesn’t take much to repair it. I think you could glue a piece of paper onto the tenon and get the same result.

Notice how the date stamp on my camera is now correct. That was more work than the tenons. More to come after St Paddy’s Day.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 02:07 AM

You make it look easy. Looking good.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 02:21 AM

Things like that happen because we are tired or a bit over confident and if you deny it you are a fool just get on with it one way or another and all will be good . You are doing fine work cutting tennons and mortises and the end result will reflect this craftsmanship .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 12:02 PM

We all make mistakes. That’s part of this woodworking gig. Everything is looking good. Carry on.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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