Beveled back mortise caps

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Forum topic by Legrand posted 10-19-2015 12:47 AM 587 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2015 12:47 AM

Howdy all,

I’m trying to build a Morris chair, with a beveled back mortise cap similar to one shown here (stealing pintodeluxe’s pic):

I’m using the Woodsmith Plans to build it but it just isn’t coming out correctly.

Can anyone tell me if these instructions will work? I don’t see how since after the first two cuts you end up with a peak that runs down the center of the part that never seems to get cut off (shown in the “Third Cut” picture).....

The “lines” that run to the peak are supposed to come from the corners, not from the center of the part!

I hope this makes more sense than luck I am having trying to cut this thing! I’ve tried cutting it about 5 different ways and it’s not coming out!

Thanks for any assistance.

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#1 posted 10-19-2015 03:16 AM

It gets cut off on the 3rd and 4th cuts.

After your first two cuts, you have the peak down the center, as you said. Then you rotate the piece 90 degrees to make the 3rd cut. After the 3rd cut, you will have a peak half way across the end of the blank. The other half of the end will have peaks coming from the corners. You then rotate the piece 180 degrees and make the last cut. Then you will have 4 lines from the corners meeting in the center.

Hope that makes it clearer.

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