Support sub-assembly, pegging the legs

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-09-2016 06:48 PM 1590 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finally finishing with the incredibly large mortise and tenon joints in the legs, I still had one more set of mortises to drill and chisel. Ugh. At least this time it was a smaller scale, only going through a 1-1/2” bottom stretcher. Both the drilling and chiseling went a lot smoother, and it definitely helped that I spent 20 minutes sharpening the chisels.

The plans called for draw-boring the M&Ts, but I was afraid if I fit them together it would be a real PITA to get em back apart, so I decided to just drill/pin them. First thing I did was to clamp everything together super tight.

Next, using a 1/4” bit I drilled through the leg and into the tenon, then switched to a 7/32” bit to finish the tenon and into the other portion of the leg. This gave me a tapered hole, which should help to keep the 1/4” dowels im using for pins locked in place. To ease with assembly, I gave a slight taper to the end of the pins, as I did in the first entry of this series.

I added a few drops of glue down the holes and finished tapping all of the dowels in place. Just for fun, I checked the fit of the top stretcher, and everything looks great.

I decided not to pin those in place because I wanted to add a top stretcher, which will require another dado to be cut across the top. Next up is finishing the long stretchers and the base will be ready for full assembly!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 07:13 PM

It’s starting to take shape. Looking good so far.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 10:14 PM

Tooch, nice project. It is moving along well. Seems like logical and well executed work. Keep moving and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 05:30 AM

It is looking good. The skill and craftsmanship is really showing. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 05-11-2016 04:19 PM

Good n stout. Looking good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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