Barnwood Countertops #7: Mortises

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 01-07-2012 07:12 PM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was the most time consuming part of the whole business. Though I drilled out the mortises with a forstner bit, they still required a lot of clean up. Perhaps too much slop in the drill press or the tenon was just slightly oversized. Anyway, I chiseled away, made the witdth and depth of the mortises a bit oversized for the purpose of wiggle/expansion room, and glue.

I found that I had to fix the mortises even after these pictures by drilling just a bit deeper.

Marking the mortise depth

The depth line made clear

Setting drill depth

Checking alignment before checking the layout.

Checking Layout

First wholes drilled beyond mortise width…exact fit is not desired or needed.

roughed mortise

Checking the Fit

fit improved

some more

other ones

These pictures don’t reflect the best fit because I had yet to drill just a bit deeper!
side view 1

sideview 2

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

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 05:53 PM

Comming along so fine.
Look forward to see the tops when finished.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 06:07 PM

Thanks Mads, I am getting excited as I am approaching the finish :)

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

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