-Through Tenons; Mortise failure/solution
It was not until I went to cut my mortises that I realized I should have laid these out and cut them before I cut my board into an oval, with no straight edges to register a cut. To make matters worse, the mortises were angled at 12 degrees to receive the headboard and footboard.
It was my intention to use a chisel out the mortises. I started on one and failed. In hindsight, I am not sure what I was thinking. It took me forever and I ended up with blow out on the bottom despite my best efforts. Ugh.
I then went to plan B. I drilled out holes and rough cut the mortises with my skill saw. This seem to do the trick, at least at this point of the process. I then went in with my rasps and snuck up to my layout pencil line. At least I thought I did, there were places that I ended up over compensating as I was trying to dry fit the pieces.
As my hand tool skills have refined since, I believe I would now go in with a small saw, perhaps a keyhole saw. But my Jig saw certainly kept me moving.
**If you’re reading this and nodding your head (up or down), I’d love to hear your feedback on how you would approach some of the tasks I struggled with. As with all things woodworking there are infinite ways to skin a cat, and we can all learn by sharing our experiences.
Knot The Right Epoxy Fill–
I am a huge fan of knotty pine, and I am always looking to see how I can incorporate the knots into my layout. I have not, however dealt with the knots properly, until now, well almost.
(I have more knot knot jokes, but I will save them for another post.)
The 1st ‘epoxy’ I purchased was from the local hardware store. It was a grey paste. I am not sure what I was thinking as I applied it. Did I really think this was going to sand out and look anything different than a cement patch? And yet I proceeded.
Obviously I was not happy with the outcome. I moved on, but I tried another epoxy, this time a clear product (makes sense, huh!).
Better luck, but I still wasn’t thrilled with how it sanded out. I need to try West Systems Epoxy and spend a couple hours experimenting with it.
Thanks for stoping by the shop. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on how you might have approached things differently!