Stepback Cupboard in Pine #5: Mortise work..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-02-2018 01:22 AM 723 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, mortises to house all them tenons. I used a tenon to do a layout for each mortise…

I left the stile sit out a bit from the jig, for a reason..

The little Disston No.4 backsaw was used to saw the waste….open ended mortise ( they blow out anyway in Pine) but I could only saw at this angle. I tried to either stay inside of the lines, or at least split them…

Then a mortise chisel to dig a hole where the saw couldn’t reach….then come in from the end, and pop the waste out…A test fit..

If the fit was good, a bit of glue and a c clamp..and check for square..

Then turn the stile around, and repeat on the other end….until..

I ran out of c clamps and about every other small clamp in the shop…let these set a day…set them aside, and work on the other two frames..

I also checked to make sure they were they right size to fit where they needed to be. Once the last two frames were done..had to wait overnight, for the glue to dry…..had something in mind…

Ok, once all four frames were clamped into a solid “block” I needed to trim a couple to match the others. Checked for square, as well. Got both ends set up….As long as they are clamped up, might as well use this..

Yep, a corded router, still set up with a dovetail bit, still set at the depth of the sliding dovetail slots. The fence can be adjusted as needed….then locked in place….

Now, IF I can remember which way to run the router into the grain… end done, flip the mess over, and do the other end. Then set that noisey, messy machine aside. Flipped the frames, still clamped up, onto the stiles..

And made sure the fronts and backs matched each other….checked for gaps..

Then I could get rid of the clamps….first frame installed..

Some slid right in…one needed to be “coaxed” along..Maple block and a hammer… before I could install the last of the four frames, needed to make a kicker, to keep the drawer from tipping down when you pull it out…Mitre box to cut to length..drill a pilot hole..

At both ends…needed to counter sink the screw’s head…change the bit?

Nah, just change drills…a dab of glue and a screw to install it in the center of the frame. Slide the frame in place…stand the case up onto it’s own four feet..

Needed a clamp to pull the sides a bit tighter, and check the fit of a 1/4” plywood panel…

So, next time I head for the shop, I need to bring along a few pieces of 1/4” plywood. Bottom two frames get a plywood “deck” to make them into shelves. Then a back needs to go on, to square up the case. Then the real fun can start…a face frame….with a little something extra added…, and glue up the top of the case.

Stay tuned…

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