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Blog entry by cutworm posted 08-27-2012 12:41 AM 5760 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a day. I bought a woodworking plan a few days back called 24 Hour Workbench. Started on it this weekend. The plan calls for SYP so I picked up a few 2.8’s at HD. Started on the frame- mortise and tenons. Went well fro a while. The first tenons were 3/4” cut them and the mortises ok. The next ones were 2” long tenons – no problem. The mortises however have proven to be a challenge. First hole and my forstner bit got stuck. Trying to get it off and the chuck in my drill press flew out…. Cut my finger in the process. Blood everywhere. Looks like someone butchered a hog. I did get 2 mortises made and am less than happy with them. I didn’t realize making them deeper would complicate things so much. I have 6 more to go and decided to walk off and compose myself. Hopefully when I start back things will go better. Any tips for making deep mortises?

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 12:20 AM

The monkey is back in the game. The plan called for drilled mortises but after stepping back and reflecting I asked myself why am I doing this. I have a nice router with a plunge base, an up spiral bit and a mortise centering base I got from Rockler. Got the router set up. Marked all the mortises and ran through them like a hot knife through butter. Made them just a tick small and trimmed the tenons to fit. What a difference a day makes. I am now gluing up the base. Lessons learned – when drilling with a forstner bit remember to keep the hole clean and when you find yourself in a hole stop digging. Starting to get excited. I’m changing the table height a little so I can use it as an outfeed table. I also want to get the Rockler bench caster so I can move it around as needed.
Next step – the 3” top of SYP face glued. That’s a big time glue up for me.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 12:40 AM

Way to be cutworm, sometimes the best answer is to cool, off take a deep breath and mull it over. When i get frustrated i stop what im doing and sharpen a chisel or plane iron. It takes my focus and diverts it to something else but allows a bit of retrospect. Sheesh that came out like a professor. Gettin it done brother.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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