Pine Project, 4x4s #5: Mortises chopped, a bit of glue spread around

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-07-2016 10:23 PM 999 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Tenons cut today Part 5 of Pine Project, 4x4s series Part 6: Assembly done, and a PIP »

Some say Pine is easy to work with a chisel…some say something else….Anyway, laid out the first of 8 mortises

And chopped for a bit. needed a few tools for the job.

Since none of the tenons are the same thickness….different width chisels. Needed a way to keep track of which part when where…..went upstairs, and grabbed a black sharpie.

Since this was the first mortise, a single spot on each part. Then, all I have to do is set a 1 spot tenon in a 1 spot mortise when Elmer shows up. Finally got things to fit..

I figure clamps will close any small gaps. Worked my way around to each leg. It also helped that I could set the parts somewhat together

That way, I can tell which side of each leg goes to what apron’s tenon. Would not do to have one leg bass-ackwards, would it? Finally got all 8 mortises chopped. Had to sharpen the chisels a couple times along the way, and go up and get a can of Mountain Dew. Couple tenons needed some work, chisel and bandsaw to correct a few spots. kind of made a mess on the bench..

So, I had to clear the benchtop off. I had made a few wedges. Grabbed a clamp. Had to run the clamp all the way out!. Added a wedge, and some Elmers to the tenons.

Looks decent? Added a few things, though.

I drove two 1” nails down through the tenons. I also countersunk the nails. Seems to help the glue joint. At least on the tables I do. I’ll be adding corner blocks cut from the cut-offs. They get a slotted hole to attach the top, and two holes for screws to attach to the aprons. Letting the glue cure on this one, before the next long apron side is done. makes doing the short sides easier, too. Stay tuned…..Elmer has arrived…

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

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 02:59 PM

Looking good, bud!

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