Trestle Table #21: Mortise Work for fitting Tenons

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 10-25-2016 04:58 AM 932 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: More Work on Leg Assemblies Part 21 of Trestle Table series Part 22: Fixed My Fit by Deepening My Mortises »

I was not able to work long today in my shop. However, I did do some chisel work with the double mortises in the feet of this trestle table. I was able to close the gap except for about a 1/16 inch. I suspect that I did not get the depth I though I had set for the router plunge mortising work I did. Tomorrow I will trim the length of my tenons. I will trim a 1/16 of an inch and see how that fits before taking anymore from the tenons.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 03:22 PM

Before you cut off the 1/16 just ease the leading edges of your tenons. Chisel, file sandpaper what ever. not only will this probably seat your joint better it gives excess glue a place to go.
I had one particularly tight Tenon push glue through the face of the mortise piece.

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 08:19 PM

Thanks Jack. I will give that a try.

Maybe you had or had not noticed the bevels I had cut on the ends of these tenons before I attempted the dry fit. This photo shows the bevels I already had applied to my tenon’s tips. I will pull the dry fitted pieces apart so I can apply a a steeper bevel. I can reduce the tenons lengths in this manner also.

I could get the bevels down to a knife’s edge if I want to with my now wicked sharp hand chisels. (It is nice to finally be sharpening wicked sharp knife edges on all my tools. This is thanks to the sharpening class I took two weeks ago from my local Woodcraft store owner Ryan Balls.) I made back the course’s $45 fee with the 10 percent discount offered to the students. I bought my 300/1,000 grit Trend diamond stone and the sexy 16,000 grit Shapton glass stone with a glass stone holder that evening before the cash register closed. So with that evening’s purchases I graduated to virtually Rob Cosman's recommended sharpening kit. I have everything in Rob’s kit except for the Cosman angle trainer. I use my Veritas Honing Guide for my plane blades and hand chisels. I also use a water grinding wheel and Tormek jigs to sharpen my turning tools. The image below shows my sharpening center with the Shapton glass stone in its holder and the Trend diamond stone on the right. The other stones I owned prior to taking the sharpening course.

I have also added several leather honing boards as well as making a strop for myself. This was another item that I learned the value of using during the Woodcraft class.

I am heading into my shop now to work on fitting these leg assemblies. This evening I should have my comments and photos to share my experience. Wish me luck.

-- --- Happy Howie

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