Irregular Situation IV

Before I continue on with the details of the leg tenon cut out, I wanted to put in a photo I omitted yesterday: a close up one of the mortises on the legs. This one is mostly cut out, just the left-side shoulder to trim flat and some clean up inside:


Back to the leg tenons – the next step was to cut the inside shoulders, using a medium-size ryoba nokogiri:


And then I define the outside face which is to be housed. The French refer to this part as the ‘barbe‘ (beard), and they are a little tricky to cut given the acute inner angle – again, a sharp rip blade on my ryoba noko was the ticket:


Here’s a close-up of two of the tenons, cut-out largely complete:


The next step was to individually fit each leg to the top:




Once each leg was fully in position, I could mark out the inside face of the tenon for the small slice that would be removed:


This allowed a pair of these tenons to nestle tightly together:


Then I turned my attention to the nuki. I don’t have detailed photos of the cut out sequence, but what I processed were haunched and shouldered tenons, slightly smaller than 1/2 height:


When cut-out was complete, then followed a round of planing on the nuki:



Then I planed the end-grain on the beam and chamfered the three arrises (leaving the top arris since the cap was yet to be fitted):


–> On to part V

4 thoughts on “Irregular Situation IV

  1. G’Day Chris,I am thoroughly enjoying all of your posts – first thing I read each day. Is the ‘wetness’ I can see around the saw-horse joints camellia oil?RegardsDerek Cox

  2. Ah, so the oil shows the contact spots and presumably is easily removed later?
    This is a great site / blog to learn from, Chris, many thanks for your efforts.

  3. Hi Gordon,

    not quite: actually the oil – Camellia oil – is used to lubricate cuts. It evaporates away in a day or two. In the above pictures, the sticks are freshly cut out and the oil is visible.

    ~Chris

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