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09-13-2010 08:48 PM

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I recently purchased a table leg “kit” where the tops of the legs (hepplewhite-style) were factory-mortised. I did not however discover until after gluing up the first pairs that the mortises go all the way through to meet each other in the middle of the leg! Needless to say, when I glue up one mortise, the other one around the corner starts dripping out fresh glue. I haven’t built a whole lot of these before where legs are pre-mortised. But when chopping or drilling these out, aren’t you supposed to stop before hitting the other mortise? To prevent such an issue?

Aside from the obvious (returning them), any one have any suggestions? Since I’ve already partially assembled them, according to the kit supplier, I own them. Next time I’ve have to make sure they’re drilled to the proper depth BEFORE gluing. Or better yet, next time I’ll just MAKE THEM MYSELF!


-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 09:03 PM

it’s not unusual to have the mortises on both sides meet in the middle – mostly you’ll see the tenons mitered to fill the entire gap, but it precut kits it could be considered a waste. regardless, its a common thing, and not so rare.

As long as you get long grain to long grain surface for the glue to grab on to – it doesn’t matter what the mortise looks like on the inside.

I say – just finish up the glue up and don’t think twice about it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 09:42 PM

I’ve never purchased a table leg kit but when I make my table legs I always cut mortises to meet in the middle. Then I cut my tenons with a miter cut so that can both go all the way in (or close to it). I think this is important on smaller legs. Otherwise, the tenons might be too short.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 09:51 PM

I’m with rich and Purplev. Just miter the tenons. I had the same issue with my nightstands.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 09:56 PM

Thanks, guys. Mitering it is. – Larry

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 10:22 PM

That was an easy fix,

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#6 posted 09-14-2010 03:51 PM

Hey, It’s Cutting Board Larry!! How are things in the land down-under??? I’m still building cutting boards and the quality is going nowhere but up! I may even use this as an excuse to buy a professional power planer….

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home":

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