Cherry Nightstand #3: Many Mini Mortises

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Blog entry by ilyac posted 04-19-2016 12:51 AM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As much as I would love to brag about all my perfectly shaped hand cut mortises, that’s just not going to happen. particularly the perfect part of that. So I decided to cut all the mortises into the legs with a plunge router.

I started out with just marking out where all the mortises are going to be, very carefully since that are not centered on the leg (I 100% messed that up on one)

Then I made a base for my router with some adjustable guides, that slides along the legs. I also made a ‘stop guide’ which marks the bottom of the mortise (with a block at the end to register against the bottom edge), along with some spacer blocks which are used to dictate the length of the mortise.

I would clamp the stop to the leg, and press the spacer against the end of the stop guide, and then press the base of the router base to that. Once I have it all set up I turn on the router I remove the spacer, carefully plunge down trying not to move the base at all, and then slide until I hit the stop guide.

Before I did all this I practiced squaring off a few of these plunged, they didn’t come out half bad.

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#1 posted 04-19-2016 10:30 AM


I had a look at your procedure and the final results.
I am impressed I must say with the way you went about it and the final results you achieved.
I have HCM and it doesnt produce a result any where near yours, alone even be worthy of braging about.

If thats a shot of you with a face full of dust get an extractor or work outside, dust in the eyes is just as harmfull, we have 3D vision for a reason.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 04-19-2016 11:36 AM

Robert, thanks for the kind words.

HCM is definitely something I would like to learn how to do well, but I did not want my wanting to learn that technique to delay this project. There are so many ways to skin that particular cat. That may be rainy day practice, in between projects or something like that.

That photo is rather old from when I was working on a surfboard so even worse than wood shavings it is foam. I admittedly did not do an adequate job with my dust collection, but at least I wore goggles/mask for that project, I had just taken them off for the photo. I was covered head to do in that foam.

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