Arts and Crafts Coffee table project #3: Thru tenons for table shelf

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Blog entry by Cato posted 05-13-2012 09:47 PM 2806 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Mortise and Tenon cutting and fitting Part 3 of Arts and Crafts Coffee table project series Part 4: Its all starting to come together- despite a few goofs »

So worked in the yard this weekend while the weather was cool, but did get a little shop time in both days.

Saturday laid out the cuts for the thru tenons for the shelf on the coffee table. First time I have cut a thru tenon for a project.

Wasn’t too bad really, the most important aspect was using a common reference side so that the router cuts on both sides would meet.

I used my plunge router base for the PC690 and the router guide. Using a 1/2 inch bit I cut a little over half way in each side of the 3/4 mahogany stock. The shelf will be wider than the tenon by 2 inches on each side and the thru tenon will protrude 1/4 inch thru the bottom rail.

Then I went back and had to use a file to tune up my tenons for a better fit than I had in my last blog entry. Once I got them fitting better I re assembled and checked again for square.

I have one tenon on a stretcher that needs a little easing to it and the base structure will be ready for me to mill and cut the shelf and tenon and fit it before glue up on the base. I also have to chisel out the mortise to square the rounded ends.

Here is how it looks after the mortise was made.

Next weekend assuming I can get the time I will mill the shelf and get it glued up and probably go ahead and mill the table top stock while the shelf is in the clamps.

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