A Hand-Chopped Timber Mortise in 6 Steps
Step 1: Lay out the mortise on your timber using a speed square. In this example we are laying out the mortise for a 4 x 8 curved knee brace with a 2” tenon.
Step 2: After double checking your measurements, score the front and back of your mortise using a 2” framing chisel (a knife will work if you don’t have a 2” chisel). This step is to avoid chip-out in steps 4-5.
Step 3: Set a 7 1/4 in circular saw to full depth and plunge cut the sides of your mortise. This will give the sides of the mortise a clean edge and make material removal easier in steps 4-6.
Step 4: Using a 2 in Wood-boring Forstner bit, drill a series of holes starting at the bottom of the mortise working your way up. We are leaving 1in un-drilled at the top of our mortise to accommodate the angled knee brace.
Step 5: Because we are chopping a mortise for a knee brace on a 45 degree angle, we need to chop the front of our mortise at a 45 degree or steeper angle to receive the brace tenon.
Step 6: Using your framing chisel simply clean up the mortise by removing all waste.
And there you have it, the secrets have been revealed! A hand-chopped timber mortise in 6 steps.
Q:are your pencil holders for sale?
Not sure which ones you’re asking about, but any posts of pencil holders (like this one) are reblogs of other peoples’ posts. In that particular case, it is available for sale in Singapore: http://www.farm.sg/store/products/product/SAM10-037A ($30 SG = about $24 USD).
Note that I am in no way affiliated with the person who designed that adaptor. Just an appreciator of cool designs.
Inlay class - Final Project
For our final project in the inlay class, we were asked to choose our own design. I’ve decided to create a domino-themed inlay that will eventually grace the top of a box I’ll make for our dominoes.
The first picture is my current progress on the domino inlay: four separate inlays (actually three since the top two are glued together). Each consists of mother of pearl and white shell (for the contrasting shadow and light) with a strip of black stone for the dividers.
The second picture shows the “flip side” of the inlays (with the glued on sheets of paper that were used to cut the pieces to the correct dimensions). That’s four separate pieces for each of the four dominoes. The final picture shows the original “inspiration”.
Next up will be to cut the holes for the “pips” and then the pips themselves. A lot of very small, very detailed cutting in my future…