Land of Nod #2: Joinery

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Blog entry by byerbyer posted 01-14-2014 08:40 PM 1545 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Roughing it out... Part 2 of Land of Nod series Part 3: Boring! »

Over the course of couple of weeks I slowly milled the pieces down to final dimensions and it was time to start with the joinery! The “headboard” ends, as I call them, will be mortise and tenoned with the spindles captured between an upper an lower rail. Because I’m a glutton for punishment I decided I’d do a double tenon to give the frame plenty of strength. Considering I hadn’t cut/chopped a mortise in over a decade it was going to be sink or swin…
I cut the mortises on the drill press with a forstner bit and then squared them up with my shiny new Narex bench chisels…

Not bad for a rookie!

In hind sight cutting the double mortise might not have been the most logical, but after tackling those I had the confidence that none of the other joinery would give me any troubles…

For the lower mortises I made a template from some 1/2” MDF with a fence and end stop to ensure they were all at the same height, and zipped them out with a router with a rub collar…

Dad’s dado stack left a pretty uneven cut so I cut the tenons with a ATB combo blade (also uneven finish) and cross-cut fence. I was able to smooth the tenon cheeks with a LA block plane and chisel (next time there will be a shoulder plane used!) I cut within about a 1/16” of my scribe lines for the shoulders and then pared to them for a nice crisp lines. For the double tenons, I cut the waste between with a dovetail saw and chisel…

I had to share this picture paring to the scribe lines because I think it’s so cool! Industrial art…

By the end of the weekend and the headboards are starting to come together…

Thanks for following along… I hope to post part 3 soon to catch up to where I’m at currently…

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 08:48 PM

That’s looking great!


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#2 posted 01-14-2014 10:19 PM

Very solid work. I too, get a lot of enjoyment from paring. Any excuse to take sharp steel to wood is more than enough for anyone on this site.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 03:31 PM

The joinery work looks most excellent sir.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 03:20 PM

Thanks for all the kind words.

-- Byer-- "Comparison is the thief of joy" -- T.R. Roosevelt

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