Arts and Crafts Hall Mirror with M&T Joinery

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Project by rodneyh posted 03-24-2011 05:47 PM 2467 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This mirror is the same style as a couple other frames I’ve completed. Just wanted to post it because it’s my first project with real mortise and tenon joinery. It came out great (only I know where the mistakes are). Finish is Stickley Fayetteville using Jeff Jewitt’s recipe. Still came out a little darker than my Stickley settle, so I’ll need to tweak it a bit (any suggestions other than just adding less dye?).

Found the Jet mortiser and tenoning jig set on craigslist for $225, which is about 1/2 the cost new. 2 of the bits were still new, as it had only been used for 1 small project. I was really surprised at how easy the tools are to use and make great joints. One practice cut on the mortiser and I was off and running. I’ll have to make table for it because it is far too small, the fence adjustment is pretty crude, and the hold-down (which I found out real quick is critical) is inadequate. All that said, it is an awesome tool. No complaints what-so-ever with the tenoning jig. Dialed in all of the adjustments in about 20 minutes (it would take about 5 minutes now that I know how it works), and all of the cuts were then very accurate.

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 07:57 PM

Good design and nice work. Congratulations on the good buy-already proven a good investment!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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