A OUTDOOR STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GRILL #6: Door Frames - Mortising work

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Blog entry by stefang posted 06-22-2015 04:31 PM 3871 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been awhile since my last installment on this project. I had to install a burnt out garage door opener and change the tires on my car. That was supposed to be finished Saturday after last, but I messed up my back working on the opener and I had to take a whole week off to recover.

Today’s work
I started on the doors today. I have been agonizing myself trying to decide between what I would have liked, that is, a frame and panel door, and the door I need which will hold up in our very wet climate. Since I’m getting old I figured it would be best to do the job right as I don’t want to expend the energy doing it over again, so I went with the practical approach rather than the beautiful one.

I am using 2X4 fir for the door frames. I ripped these in half and planed them to almost 3 /4” thick and marked them up for the mortises See Below

I tore out a piece where there was a knot on one of the frame pieces while planing them, and I had to do a patch. I used polyurethane glue for this as it is waterproof. See Below

Next I set up my mortising attachment on my combination machine and went to work on the mortises (3 mortises to each of the 4 vertical frame pieces).

This was finished pretty quick and it came out real good. The mortising bit runs on the planer blade holder and it is held by a regular drill chuck, except the mortise bit runs in the opposite direction to a drill as it has to run in the same direction as the planer blades. The work sequence goes like this.

  • There are two levers on the work table. One lever moves the table back and forth and the other moves it in and out.
  • First you drill a series of overlapping holes along the mortise using a lever to move the clamping table back and forth against pre-set stops set to produce the length of the mortise.
  • After the holes are finished it’s just to move the table back and forth to allow the spinning bit to clean up the mortises along the walls. There is also a stop to regulate the depth of the mortise. The drilling is done with a lever that moves the table in and out with relation to the drill bit. Here are the finished pieces. See Below

After finishing the vertical frame pieces, I started thinking about the top, bottom and middle horizontal pieces and I realized that I had cut them too short, so I will have to cut them again, plane them and then cut the tenons on them tomorrow. If i weren’t retired I would probably never get anything done!

So that’s it for this episode. Thanks for following along!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 08:45 PM

that is one col machine mike, i wish ours worked like that…so sorry about your back , i know a bit about that…:)...i hope its all better, some nice hot showers will help, im sure you know that…., this is going to be a really great door set up…you wont have to mess with this again….great job on this…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 09:52 PM

Hi Bob. I figured that many have seen that type of mortising machine before, but maybe interesting for those who haven’t. Normally I like to hand chop my chop mortises, but these had to be pretty deep, about 2”, and the wood is pretty thin so I decided to use the mortiser to get the best result. The frames won’t been seen when the doors are closed, but I wanted them to be robust.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 09:59 PM

Mike that is some nice old fashion joinery and pretty extravagant for a shed but you enjoy it and that is the main thing .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 10:23 PM

ive never seen a jointer turn into a mortiser, that is a great idea, i should have thought of that…., well the main thing is that the door will be really beefy…and your also right, you dont want to have to mess with this door system again….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 11:16 PM

Jointer Mortiser,
I too also have never seen one, let alone a working demonstration, a very tidy piece of equipment, thanks Mike.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 01:48 AM

Very nice joinery for a BBQ shed Mike.
I like your machine too.
You know I have a soft spot for multi tools. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 06-23-2015 07:11 AM

I glad that some of you guys haven’t seen this type of mortising attachment, with a little imagination it can do more than mortises, think long slots, etc. This type of mortiser is, or at least has been available as a separate unit in the U.S/Canada and is normally used with a router. It can be mounted into some sturdy blocks of wood. The principal is the same with the two levers controlling the movement of the table which the workpiece is clamped to.

Paul I know that your ShopSmith is a wonderful quality multi-machine which is compact and extremely useful in your Arizona shop. My multi-machine has also been a real a asset to me too in my very crowded shop. I don’t know what I would do without it. It is a jointer, a planer, a mortiser, a table saw and a shaper. The shaper works well but is seldom used due to cumbersome set-up and the cost of shaper blades, so I mostly use my router table instead.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-23-2015 04:03 PM

Looks wonderful Mike.
I believe they say cut twice measure once…
In Denmark we call that tool a long hole boring machine.
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 06-24-2015 10:12 AM

Thanks Mads, yes, we call it the same here in Norway, and no wonder since our written language ‘landsmål’ is almost identical to the written Danish. That’s where the similarity ends however, as it is very difficult for Norwegians to understand spoken Danish, and even more difficult for me, but I guess one could catch on to it pretty quick.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-24-2015 11:49 AM

I know how those “surprise” things pop up that must be done goes. Looking very good Mike

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 06-24-2015 08:00 PM

Garage door, cars, sheds, you have been one busy guy. I know the feeling when you throw out the back. Doesn’t heal up in a day a two no more. Slow but sure Mike. At least you are making nice progress.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 06-24-2015 08:46 PM

Thanks Dave. My back is permanently bad, but this recent problem was muscle pain which took a whole week to go away. It is good to be back at work. Sitting around can really kill the spirit!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-25-2015 04:45 AM

Wow Mike! This is way too complicated for me … but sure is going to turn into a fantastic exterior BBQ storage cabinet. Not a bad idea at all!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 06-25-2015 08:20 AM

Don’t worry about that Elaine. It is too complicated for me too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 06-25-2015 05:04 PM

well i was mistaking mike, we do have that here in America, i found it in the medical field under the sinus section, its called a booger boring machine, the longer the bit , the more your sinuses are cleaned out, and they dont charge for the extra length of boring….:)...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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