Sunday, June 7, 2009
chip chop chip
Now, you may say that looks like a super massive black whole... here's the deal. I was planning on twin 1/2" tenons (for the bench we're talking) but the router I was using was giving me grief. I already started the mortises and the got out of whack, with that router"s whackness. My options are limited at this point so I was looking and drilling and chopping by hand. I did a fair amount of this while at MCTC but as I soon discovered I didn't mind that I hadn't done it since then ha. I forgot how long it takes to hand chop a mortise! I wasn't about to try the twin tenons with a 2" depth by hand so I just opened it up.
Here at my little 14" band saw cutting checks off big ole tenons. It cuts fairly well for a cheap little guy. Well enough for the bench joinery (still need to hand clean the cuts) but I don't know about furniture joinery... I think I'm going to look into a carbide blade and hope that this guy can handle it.
Tenons cut prior to fitting.
The tenon fitting went much more smoothly that the mortise making. It's finnally looking like a little something besides heavey planks on a table. This is my most massive project to date. I must say that I'm looking forward to getting back to furniture!
Before I did the tenon shoulder cuts on the legs I made this cross-cut sled. Pretty decent. The backing board is attatched by four bolts through oversized holes to allow for square adjustment.
More packages!!! I ordered some of those lovely aluminum bar-clamps that I made friends with at IP. These came from a little place called Dubuque Clamp Works in Iowa. Very friendly people. They don't have a website or anything but I wont hesitate to give them a call for any clamping needs.