Rocking Chair: An Online Course #6: Jeff Miller's Router Mortising JIG

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 02-28-2016 04:36 PM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: JIGs Needed to Make This Chair Part 6 of Rocking Chair: An Online Course series Part 7: Clamping Form for Bending 8 Strips to Make Rockers »

To fasten the rockers to this rocking chair’s four legs and to fasten the top of the back legs to the chair’s crest rail, I need to make mortises so I can fit loose tenons. Making these mortises would be easy if I owned an expensive power tool: the Festool Domino. It on my wish list, but it is further down the list or at least below my top expensive priority, a Saw Stop cabinet table saw. I have already had a shop accident on my Porter Cable table saw. It was a silly act that damages two fingers on my left hand. I do not need to get into that here. I feel lucky that my accident wasn’t worse. The fingers have healed so they do not look deformed, but the feeling on their tips will never be the same. I intend to get a Saw Stop before I buy a Domino so I am hoping this Jeff Miller plunge router mortising JIG will make do.

I need to drill the holes and fasten the wood fence to my Bosch router’s fence. AFter that I will be ready to route mortises and make loose tenons.

Here, in this photo, I am gluing up the main block of hardwood. I will mill this cherry close to 3 1/2” by 3 1/2” to which I will bolt a spacer block and an outer fence. Those pieces are shown behind the clamps. A slot will be left between the outer fence and the shorter spacer block into which the router fence will fit. This will hold the router firmly so it will not wander off its line for cutting mortises.

-- --- Happy Howie

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