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New desk for my computer #5: Mortises, glue ups...side #1 done..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-03-2019 05:28 PM 419 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: raise a panel? Part 5 of New desk for my computer series Part 6: Side #3 clamped up, start of the webframes »

6 panels were raised…should be enough for a little bit….need to chop 20 mortises, into 4 stiles…and fit things to fit
first layout didn’t go as planned….used two rails and one panel, to work my way done one stile…test fit the entire side

looks good, right? Not…

“Mission-creep”? 2 marks are where the tenon was supposed to go….grabbed a second stile..

And re-marked where the tenons actually are….set the mis-marked stile aside for now….clamped the correctly marked stile up with 3 others…

Checked to make sure all 4 lined up…flush on the ends….clamped it down to the bench ( hate when things move on their own) use a square to mark a line across all 4 stiles, at each mortise location…then grab a chisel,

One whack to set the 6mm narex into each mark…easier than trying to get a pencil down in the grooves..then sit down, and start chopping..

Do all 4 at each spot, move to the next group..

Got to the 1/2 way point ( 3 out of 5 groups) spin things around, and get the last two groups..

Checking for fit and gaps, as I went along..

Picked out 2 rails…tried a dry fit, again….seems the raised panels are 1/16” too long….trimmed them back, clean the beveled ends…spread some glue, and grab a few clamps…

Side #1 sitting over, out of the way….decided to raise two more panels and get side 2 ready…

As the first 2 panels had already been done….even shortened a bit, to match the first 4 panels…

One detail; before the glue up, I cut a profile for the feet….
Ok..dealing with knots, again..

trying to bury the worst edges into a groove….look at the panel on the right of this dry fit..

“Bottom rail” is hiding the worst of that knot, while allowing the gain to show…dry fit, to set up the clamps..

Had one rail that couldn’t find it’s mortise….hammer and a block of soft wood to help it along…otherwise, went good….came back that evening, took the dry fit apart….marked the mortise locations, to help tenons find their new homes….spread some glue, and re-clamp Side #2..

And set this heavy object over out of the way….whew….
Which leaves the parts for side #3 to mill up…

Hand plane to remove the bad mortise lay outs, used a stile from #2 side (before the glue up..) to mark the correct locations…still have to chop the mortises, cut out the feet profile, and raise the panels….
Stay tuned…soon there will be a building of drawer runners….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use



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#1 posted 07-03-2019 11:04 PM

For those wondering about the size of these…they stand 31” tall….and a re 18-5/8” wide….

Rails are 3/4” x 1-1/2” x 16” Counting a 1/2” long tenon on each end. Grooves ar 1/4” x 1/4”

Stiles are 3/4” x 2” x 31”. Grooves are 1/4” x 1/4”, with the mortises going a further 1/4”.

raised panels are 3/4” x 15-5/16” and are about 5” or so wide…( started out around 5-1/2” rough)

Still working out drawer runners….webframes? 5 of them, or just top and bottom, with 1×2 runners inbetween…

Depends on how the lumber supply holds out…
Top was to be 26” deep….looking more like 21-23”...

Single Brain Cell Sketch Up is working overtime…..stay tuned

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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