Poplar Plugs & Tusks in Walnut

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Project by spunwood posted 05-07-2011 06:33 PM 1954 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend wanted a gift for his brother whom he just stayed with for a visit. He suggested using traditional joinery because the brother is into woodworking. I find miters to be much easier than mortise and tenons.

It seems I am always getting something out of square or to big or too small.

Well, I may take some time soon to practice cutting M&T’s. I use a drill press to remove the waste from the mortises, but is seems to have run out, both in its depth stop and in its radius.

Thank goodness walnut is so good at being cleaved. That made the drilling and chiselling of the rabbets pretty easy.

The plugs were strait foward and fun, but I realized I didn’t have a small enough chisel for the tusks too late. So I drilled the tusks holes and just sanded down a dowel for them.

Any advice?

By the way, the walnut came from a tree which my wife’s truck rolled into years ago. We still have the Ford Ranger, and it has over 300k!

The last two pictures show the backing with a requested note & card.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 05:37 AM

-you find miters easier? -did i read that correctly?!! more power to you!! I guess every type of joinery has its difficulty…there just seems to be a little more fudge room with motises

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 07:23 AM

That’s a cool and unique looking picture frame. I must admit when I first saw it I thought you used lap joints and pinned it with dowels.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 12:10 AM

Nice frame.
I like the joints.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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