Farm Table mortises 4 ways.

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Project by DDWW posted 05-15-2017 05:15 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been asking for a Table for the country, She is very supportive of having a dedicated shop and I always make her what she wants. The top is construction grade 2×8, that was used in a barn and had a grey patina while some had more brownish tint.

A golden oak oil stain was used to even out the weathered look on boards and treat the fresh cut ends of the breadboards. Its covered w two coats of water based Poly. There is no finish or stain on the legs and skirt boards.

The ends of the table are breadboarded with only the center tenon being glued or fixed in its mortise. The edges of the board are doweled into a slot.

The Legs are from small Barn wood beams. They tampered over a 10ft length and each one was slightly different dimensions. This mean each stringer had to be cut individually and the orientation had to be kept straight. I decided to reference the mortises off of the outside of edge of the leg perpendicular to the face of the mortise.

I drilled and hand chiseled the first mortises. This went well but they were taking a long time to get custom fit right. I woodwork only on weekends and this was going to take too long.

I tried to use my Bosch 1617 with quick mount collars….This worked for awhile until sawdust or flex in the mount of the collar caused the bit to break the collar free of the mount and screw up the mortise. And chewed up the edges of bit.

Next I thought I’d use a template with a piloted bit, I only had quarter inch mount. I”d start the whole with the template then remove it and get extra depth using the side of the hole as a guide. This worked fine until the guide bearing burst.

So then I was back to un piloted bits and used my edge guide to freehand the mortises. This worked the best.. I rounded over the tenons to match the mortise.

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#1 posted 05-16-2017 01:19 AM

That came out great. Looks old, just the way it should.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-01-2019 01:01 AM

That came out very nice even with all your troubles. And before you ask, NO…you can not borrow my tools.

-- John D, OP, KS

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