Thorsen Table Challenge #3: Mortising the legs

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 04-12-2007 02:00 AM 2896 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I cut the legs to length, & Cut the mortises for the aprons.

I was setup my mortising attachment to my drill press. My Grizzley crossfeed vise was bolted to the table. I thought, why not use this when cutting the mortises. So I tried it out, & worked great. Once I got it all sqaured up, I drilled out all the mortises in no time at all. I tried making a short video.

so I’ll try embed it to this Blog. I hope I can make it work.

Here’s a photo of the completed mortises.

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-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 02:17 AM

They came out a lot cleaner than mine. I made a mortiser out of my router, it worked ok but it just was’nt as clean looking as my old mortising attachment. I got my table cut and planed down to 3/4’’ from an inch. hated doing that. What wood are you using, looks like walnut? Looks good though, you said you got your aprons done? Or just the templates. I could’nt work today, just did too much the last two days. Had to lay low and rest my back and rearend. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 02:31 AM

Looks great Dick. I’m really beginning to worry about the time I will have to work on the project. Glad to see you and others are well under way… Those mortises sure do look nice.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 02:44 AM

perfectly square! wonderful job!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" ([email protected])

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 03:01 AM

Great Job Dick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 03:03 AM

Nice legs Dick. And I mean that in the manliest way possible of course.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 04-12-2007 07:04 AM

Dick – Nice legs! Great video. Looking forward to the completed table.


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#7 posted 04-14-2007 07:42 AM

Thanks for taking the time to make a video, Dick. It was nice to hear your voice and see you in action.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-14-2007 12:16 PM

Thanks for the compliment on the video. Next time I’ll try, & do a better job.

First time jitters !!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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