Building a new workbench #3: Mortise & Tenon's are rought cut

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 02-06-2009 09:55 PM 8483 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Four Square Part 3 of Building a new workbench series Part 4: Assembling the wedged mortise & tenons »

I got to spend a few hours in the shop yesterday and I got the top planed although I discovered that one half of the top has developed a little twist. I’ll wait until it’s attached to the base and in position before I worry about hand planing it flat. I got the mortises chopped out and the tenons rough cut. Here’s where I sit now:


-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 10:02 PM

Looks like you are well on the way.

Here is another bench recently put together of the same inspiration.
Rob went through and video blogged a fair amount of the construction. Could be good for information or just motivation to keep on plugging away on yours.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 12:31 AM

Look’n good. Keep us updated. Looks like you are making use of your workbench while building it!

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 06:28 AM

Looks great. How did you cut the mortises?

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 01:39 AM

Cylis, to cut the mortises I started with a forstner bit. I drilled out the majority of the waste, then I used a 1/2” hollow chisel mortising bit on my drill press for the corners. When that was complete I chopped out the rest of the waste. I don’t have a mortising chisel but really wish I did now!

-- Mark

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 10:25 PM

Nice moritse and tenons.

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