Another pile of pine #2: Part 3: mortise and tenons and dovetails, oh my!

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-03-2015 09:10 PM 1710 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Floated down to the shop this morning. Actually felt like doing….something. Started off by cleaning the workbench off. Toolwell had filled up with who knows what. Couldn’t even stick a finger in there without finding the pointy end of a nail. So..

Looks a bit better? As for the trash..

Somewhere in there, was a plastic foot one nails onto the ends of a leg. My shoe found it, of course.

Well after the removal of a nail… Got after the tenons that needed to be milled Made a jig to hold things to the benchtop, and clamp it in place.

Drag the Wards 78 backwards a few times to mark where the tenon would go. Utility knife to deepen the cut a bit and a dovetail saw to cut the ends to keep them from splintering up a side. Neither of which worked all that great.

Clean the ragged edges with a block plane. Worked my way through all the aprons and stretchers this way, all except two. They will go under the drawers at each end. They get something a bit different

Called a half dovetail. What you see is what you get. I made a saw cut down a bit, as square as I could. Clamped the runner to the bench and made a few chops with a chisel, to form the angled part. took a bit of fine tuning to get it looking nice and even. Set all the parts aside for a bit..

After Lunch Break, time to work on a couple leg blanks. I would grab and apron to lay out where the mortise would go. Grab a Mortise chisel and start to chop down under a mortise appeared. a test fit to make sure

Then on to the bottom. About 4” up from the foot of the leg, there will be a stretcher. They will get a rebate to hold the plywood panel to make a bottom shelf. Right now, though, they needed a mortise to sit in

been marking a number on the inside of each part as I fit them up. Don’t want any “OOOOPS!” this time around. Got two done, now I need to make a place for that half dovetail to slide in. Clamped a leg to the bench, got out a small backsaw

And make two 90 degree cuts about 1/2” straight down. Saw is shown cutting the angled cut. Three saw cuts? Knock the two straight cuts out, and the angled one is a lot easier to pop out. Pare until smooth.
Time to test fit things a bit. Still had two more legs to do, though

But, I wanted to make sure this end would work. A detail shot

This shows the “drawer opening” with the 1×6 front and back aprons, and the drawer runner. Debating on a top runner. As for the bottom stretchers

I’ll use that Wards #78 to make a rebate for the plywood and might add a notch in the leg to fit the shelf, as well. That was a lot of chisel and saw, and plane work. Time for Din-Din, so, stay tuned, we be getting something done…

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

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 09:12 PM

On the cleaned off benchtop? That handle-like thingy sticking up in the far end? Seems to be a place to keep the mortise chisel from rolling off the bench, and onto the floor. Yet another use for a dog hole…

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 11:21 PM

If you never stop…. making mortises that is….
The chisel won’t roll onto the floor!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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