Princess Daybed for Daughter #4: Tenons!

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Blog entry by JohnMcClure posted 07-11-2018 12:56 AM 826 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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First, those 3/4” mortises I’d saved for last:

Came out much cleaner and easier than the 1/2”. The mortise is wide enough to vacuum chips out easily.

Now time for tenons on the straight rails. The easiest ones will be on the front rail, since it is full-width and has no cheeks, just small shoulders. Perfect fit:

The 1/2” holes are empty right now, but I’ll use oak dowels to pin this joint together and be able to disassemble it for moving. I like the look of it so much, I may pin the permanent joints too, we’ll see.

The rest of the tenons have cheeks and shoulders first. Started by sawing a kerf, then set the router fence to prevent me from moving past the saw line:

First pass, taking all tenons down near final thickness.

Turns out my mortises are not all exactly the same, so each tenon will have to be custom fit into its mortise. Split off the shoulders, then fine-tuned the cheeks until each tenon was fit:

Each of these needs a bit of cleaning with a chisel, but for now, a very satisfying test fit:

Up next: Clean the cheeks on these rails; groove the rails for panels;
cut the curved rails, do their tenons, groove them;
cut the panels out;
shape the posts;
add trim;
Wow, that’s a lot of work! I’m running out of time!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 07-11-2018 05:37 PM

This is a very nice project and it looks like it’s coming along beautifully. You are doing a wonderful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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