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12-04-2020 12:04 PM

I was making good progress on this Morris chair. Cut the tenons on the top of the legs Wednesday evening and then last night after work went to start cutting the mortises on the arms. This is what I got on one of the arm-leg assemblies! Do you see the problem?

Now I need to remake the leg and re-chop the mortises. I was so worried about getting the angled tenons cut right on the two back legs that I probably didn’t pay enough attention on the straightforward square tenons on the front legs.
Thanks for letting me vent!

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 12-04-2020 01:34 PM

Uh oh!

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#2 posted 12-04-2020 02:09 PM

LOL…we are all humans…

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#3 posted 12-04-2020 02:27 PM

Well, it is still 2020.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 12-04-2020 03:06 PM

you could just plug the mortises and then re-cut them.

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#5 posted 12-04-2020 04:25 PM

I thought about plugging and re-doing the mortises and then decided that there would be no way to get the plugs to disappear, and they’d be in full view every time anyone sat in the chair. But as I think about it now, it might work to plug the mortises, rip off 3/16th from the leg and glue on a thick veneer before re-chopping the mortises. Since the legs are glued up from 6-quarter stock anyway it might be a viable solution.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 12-04-2020 07:44 PM

Yes, now that you mentioned the veneer I remember seeing that recommended in a magazine article about fixing mistakes.

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#7 posted 12-04-2020 08:01 PM

I suppose everyone has been there, it just sux when it’s your turn. The good news is God still made an ample supply of QS Oak. Keep smiling. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 12-05-2020 01:26 AM

You’re not alone. Sometimes I also get focused on that ONE thing that is critical that I overlook another detail. Much to my chagrin. Fortunately the dogs never rat me out. The veneer idea is a good one!

-- DaveS, Montana

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#9 posted 12-05-2020 11:02 AM

I’m embarrassed to admit it: last night I set about glueing in blocks in the mortises, in the WRONG front leg! I actually had them glued in and was about to leave the shop when I realized. Had to put screws into the blocks and use a prybar to get them out and then use an old toothbrush to get the glue out. I’m almost afraid to go back to it today. At two very stupid mistakes for this project, I’m hoping for smooth sailing now to the end!

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#10 posted 12-05-2020 01:07 PM

Cut the tenon off the bottom of the leg. Make a mortise on top of the leg. Cut a new tenon to slip into the the mortise on top of the leg.

Problem solved, I think??

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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