Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'mortise'

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Shaving Horse #2: The Stock and the Base

11-23-2020 06:38 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

You need a fair amount of wood to build a shaving horse. It doesn’t matter too much how you get there, but I think you should target an 8 foot board that is at least 2” thick and about 9” wide. This will be enough for the bench and ramp sections. You can buy a plank from the lumber yard, a mill or split it from a log. It can be green, seasoned or dried wood. I am using green oak for my shaving horse, but you can probably use most any type of wood. If it doesn’t s...

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Zhuzhing an IKEA Chopping Block

08-25-2020 09:48 AM by PeteCollin | 1 comment »

Hello All,My wife and I got a butcher block as a wedding gift 15 years ago, the kind on a rolling cart. We like it and use it all the time. The IKEA-style quick-assemble frame was always pretty rickety. Also, the stuff stored on the shelves underneath always got covered in dust because it is right next to the heating duct. So Miranda asked me to enclose the cart. While I was at it, I gave the frame proper mortise and tenon joints to make it rigid. One twist is that the griddle that we...

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Small Projects #5: Tall Dog Gate

01-27-2020 01:11 AM by Madmark2 | 3 comments »

While I love dogs, they need to be kept out of the kitchen. The opening to the kitchen is over 4’ wide and needs to be closed off. However a long gate’s swing is too much for the confines of the kitchen. I came up with this bifold gate. The metal screen prevents the dogs from pushing thru. The two sections of the gate are hand mortised for the hinges for a tight, clean join. Each section has a 2” caster to prevent sagging and hinge pullout. Latching the gate was more o...

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Drop Leaf Table #4: Back to the Table

12-07-2019 02:09 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

Finally getting back to my table project. Work, family, holidays, etc. I think one of my biggest challenges is stepping away from a project and then getting my head back into the process from where I left off. So with the three rails completed with mortise and tenons, I can work on the drawer rails. On the original antique table, the top rail appears to be a bridle joint. I could not tell how the lower joint was constructed, but my guess is a mortise and tenon. I decided to ...

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Drop Leaf Table #2: Building the Frame

11-26-2019 10:49 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

I am going to remake the old drop leaf table using hand tools that I think are appropriate for the age of the piece. I have not made a table like this before, so this will be a learning experience for me. It will be nice to have the old table as a reference. I decided to use oak boards from the home center. They are kind of pricey, but they are nicely machined and planed, so I can concentrate more on the joinery and less on the bull work of preparing the material. For now, I will just st...

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #4: First fit up

12-18-2018 04:28 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

Did diagonal cut the underarm support stretchers to conserve wood. It’s expensive. The pretty stuff outside. Knots/defects are kept inside. Dry fit what we have so far. Not a chair yet but something. Now we are laying out the under arm tenons. Note that those bottom side stretchers will be angled which adds a lot of complication.

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #3: Rough joinery

12-18-2018 01:40 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

All legs are lined up and penciled with rough location of joints to avoid error. A knife and mortise gauge are used to locate mortises and tenons. Bandsaw is used to cut the cheeks. I roughly align one face. After the cut is made, I use a carefully thicknessed spacer to cut the other face. An angled trench is made at the shoulder line with a chisel. The cross cut hand saw is then guided in the trench to release the cheek. Edges of the tenon were removed with a combination of ba...

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Princess Daybed for Daughter #4: Tenons!

07-11-2018 12:56 AM by JohnMcClure | 1 comment »

First, those 3/4” mortises I’d saved for last:Came out much cleaner and easier than the 1/2”. The mortise is wide enough to vacuum chips out easily. Now time for tenons on the straight rails. The easiest ones will be on the front rail, since it is full-width and has no cheeks, just small shoulders. Perfect fit: The 1/2” holes are empty right now, but I’ll use oak dowels to pin this joint together and be able to disassemble it for moving. I like the look of ...

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The Great Table #1: Steep Learning Curve...

05-03-2018 12:09 AM by haystack | 1 comment »

Hello All! I’m posting this in order to get some ideas, life expectancy, and general feedback for my first wood project. Anything you can see that would be an issue, may have worked well, or you would have done differently i’d be very interested to read. I’d like to introduce you to my project and a little about myself: I have not previously done any woodworking. This project was brought up by an opportunity and lots of Google… This is an attempt at a ...

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• Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #18: Ambitious Endeavor Realized

02-01-2018 10:06 PM by Ron Aylor | 24 comments »

Ambitious Endeavor Realized –  I did it! After 426 hours, my ambition became a reality. Once the eight part door panel came together, all it needed was stiles and rails …                 Sorry for the bad photo … when they say do not shoot photos with the sun in front … I guess they mean it! With the stiles and rails cut, mortises and tenons cut and fitted … it was a quick clamp up to drill for pins …                 … and I had a door … whew! Before inserting the pins, I dyed the walnu...

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