Workbench #4: Legs: mortise and tenon

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Blog entry by yuridichesky posted 09-17-2013 07:58 PM 2777 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Preparing for draw-boring (dowels jig that finally works for me!) Part 4 of Workbench series Part 5: Drawboring: the good, the bad and the ugly »

First of all, my workbench build is far beyond the point that I’m going to share, I just have bunch of pics and I decided to throw them on the blog. There’s nothing special here, but some little documentary to remember. So…

For M&T job I made couple of marking gauges out of pine. I know pine is not the best choice for this, I just wanted to practice a little before making marking gauge of my dream.

I put pins just where I needed and then just re-inserted them for different dimensions. And I have an extra beam for replacement.

Next I marked the mortises and bored out most of the waste.

Then I cleaned up rest of the waste with the chisel.

Memo to self: get a corner chisel.


Well, I think I lost all the tenon pics somewhere on my hard drive…

Ok, in brief: marked the tenons, then cut knife walls for crisp edge, then sawed along knife walls, then chiseled out waste and cleaned tenons with small rabbet plane.

I was quite happy with M&T job results, and bravely moved to drawboring. So the next blog entry is going to be “Drawboring: the good, the bad and the ugly”...

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 08:16 PM

looks good. note to self – you don’t NEED a corner chisel. you did great job here – keep it going and before you know it it will be second nature and that corner chisel will be useless.

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

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 08:18 PM

Yes; looks really good.
Note: agree corner chisels are not needed.
Lovely gauges.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 08:28 PM

Lev, Mads, thank you, guys. You know, getting corner chisel is a Christmas time affair, so I may change my mind by then and will find something different on the top of my wish list.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 09:01 PM

nice work on these marking gauges Yuri.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 09:49 PM

Yuri, there are a few other tools that may be more useful than a corner chisel. The picture of your mortis proves you don’t need one! Real nice work. Look forward to seeing the next steps.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 12:26 AM

+1 on corner mortis not needed. Beautiful work Yuri! And good design for the marking gauge.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 08:11 AM

Mike, thank you. Sometimes those “side effect” jigs and tools turn out surprisingly useful.

TheOF, CL, thank you guys. BTW, right now you make me want to try that corner chisel even harder to see what this fuss is all about :-)

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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