A Shaker Style Table, 2022 version #7: Tenons next

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-04-2022 02:13 PM 525 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Working on that top,part 2 Part 7 of A Shaker Style Table, 2022 version series Part 8: Mortises, lots of them »

There are 3 aprons…the 4th (front) will be a drawer. Aprons needed a tenon on each end…

Set up the tablesaw…yes, the tablesaw…

For both the height of the blade, and the location of the rip fence…idea is to make a series of passes, with the rip fence as a “stop”...

I do use the mitre gauge…I start out on the end of the board, and work towards the fence..

Rotate the board until both ends have a tenon formed…..then, not moving the rip fence, but raising the blade to 1/2”
And stand the board up on an edge…couple more passes to trim the tenon a bit…

Might as well do both ends..

Tenon work, for now, is done….Move the table top over onto the tablesaw, for now…have a jig to install on the bench..

Basically it is 3 scraps….a base, and 2 “jaws”....spaced to the width of the part to be mortised…and a “quick-release” clamp…2 screws hold the jig in place, right over the top of the bench’s leg….no bouncing allowed..

Mortise is sized to that 8mm chisel…centered in the leg…only have to go 1/2” deep…

So….yesterday…set up the work area..

Get out a few tools..

Knob sticking up on the bench? Have found the best way to keep a chisel from rolling off the bench, is to stash it in a dog hole nearby. That chisel has a curved end…..helps to clear out all the chips..

Chip, clear, chip, clear…takes about 3 trips to get deep enough to test the fit…

That wide chisel is to clean up the walls of the mortise…from layout to final fit…takes me about..20 minutes..

Means that these 3 mortises took about an hour to do…

Just over 20 minutes later..a 4th one was done…..was starting to get a bit sore….didn’t feel like un-clamping to mortise the other back leg….settled for the front leg, since it only gets one mortise, for now..

10 minutes short of 2 hours IN the shop….with a fan on HIGH blowing on me….still worked up a sweat….decided that was it for Tuesday Shop Time….spent a bit of time, with a strop, to get the chisels ready for the next day…

Will try again, after Lunch, today..

Stay tuned..

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