Mortise and Tenon Practice

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Blog entry by stroml posted 08-22-2020 06:06 PM 300 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working my way through the 3 main joints. I’m thinking of building a workbench, and it has mortise and tenon joinery throughout, so I thought I’d practice a little first. The only joint left is the dado, but I feel like it’s almost the same as the skills for this joint, especially since I used a knife wall and chisels.

-- Strom

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 07:29 PM

On the workbench, are you considering locking the joints with wedges, pins, or just glue?

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 07:31 PM

I’m going to build Paul Sellers’ workbench, and I believe he just joins with glue.

-- Strom

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#3 posted 08-22-2020 07:59 PM

In my opinion you can’t go wrong with any of Paul’s projects. I have made a few of them, most recently the winding sticks. I follow as closely as I can to the way he does it and I am watching my skill level and confidence rapidly increase. His dovetail marker is a nice little project(I lost mine somewhere) and his shooting board are great basic skill building fundamentals for hand tool coordination. I am going to make his bow saw project next. Good luck on your workbench and hopefully it provides years of enjoyment and memories from it!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#4 posted 08-22-2020 08:33 PM

I think I had not done more then about 8 mortise and tenon joints before making my P.S. workbench.
Using a guide helps a lot to achieve mortises perpendicular to the leg face.

Making the housing/dadoes was not that difficult, even with a poor man’s router. It is not critical as one can adapt the wedge for a nice fit.

My workbench is not a fine piece of furniture but it is rock solid.
Since then, with its help, I am honing my skills.
It is a joy to use and so, so much better than a workmate (which I used for the build).

Two cautions:
- the bottom of the workbench-top must be out of twist (at least where it sits on the two leg-frames) otherwise the workbench will rock when the top is screwed to the leg-frames. (solved with a well placed shim somewhere between the workbench-top and one of the leg-frames)
- the carriage bolt must not hinder the wedge action; make the hole for the bolt in the apron a little bit larger than the bolt diameter. (not a problem on mine but some complain about the wedges not staying in place).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#5 posted 08-22-2020 08:42 PM

Thank you both for the kind words and advice!

-- Strom

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