Kid's play table #2: First mortise and tenons

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Blog entry by rfusca posted 07-04-2013 03:47 AM 1643 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: My wife's legs ;) Part 2 of Kid's play table series Part 3: Glue up and clamps that are juuuuuussst barely too short »

So, we’ve done a kid’s play table for the living room, but it was one of our first projects and did the whole thing with pocket screws. Now, I’m not anti-pocket screw, but one of our next projects is the dining room table…and I just don’t think that PS are appropriate there. So, I started trying out mortise and tenon.

These are the first mortise and tenon joints I’ve done for a project. I think they turned out pretty well – the shoulders are really quite clean on the glue-up. Mortises were cut with a router and tenon’s by hand with a japanese ryoba saw. Next time I do tenons, I’m going to try chopping the tenon’s by hand with a chisel ala Paul Sellers.
They fit tight, but not hammer in tight.

(Better picture of the legs from last post):

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 12:54 PM

very nice job on the m&t.i keep wanting to try them just haven’t got my courage up yet.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 12:44 AM

And M&T are a lot more fun than Pocket screws which is also important. :-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 01:38 AM

@Mauricio – Ya, I was a Lego fanatic as a kid and a well designed mortise and tenon just feels a lot like those old blocks :)

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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