Holy crow! nineteen posts on this freakin’ sawhorse and I’m still not done. You know, when I tell people I am, oh, 800 or more hours into the study of a sawhorse, they often look at me a little askance, and perhaps assume, based on their idea of what constitutes a sawhorse, that I must have a brain injury of some sort. Hmm, if I didn’t have one before, I feel like I might be developing one now!
Today I reached a milestone in the process of building this tréteau. Where I last left off, it was at the start of the mortising work on the two remaining legs. That mortising is now done, and for the most part it was a lot more straightforward than the mortising work I had to do on the faces aplomb legs.
Here’s the first of the legs in this set, leg BN, which is rotated to meet the plan along the short axis, and thus, as the following picture indicated, the parts which relate to it along the long axis of the plan travel at an angle through the piece:
In the photo, you can see that the tenon on top of the leg, due to the rotation of the leg relative to plan, is not oriented parallel to the sides of the stick. That means that the mortise for the long side brace also travels through the stick at the same angle. So that means that the one long side brace mortise is a little tricky, while the mortises for the short side x-braces, are as simple as they get, pretty much, as they are orthogonal to the face. Here’s the lower mortise, which is blind:
Leg DP is oriented to the long axis in plan, so the tenon on top, along with the mortise for the long side brace, travel parallel to the sides of the stick. For the mortise on that long side brace, I used my router and chisels to clean it out:
You can see at the bottom corner of the above mortise that there is an opening – the tenons slightly interfere with one another inside the post, and I’ll be taking a small section out of the corner of the tenon which fits in the above mortise to achieve the fit. The mortise was finished off with the usual chisel work:
So….28 mortises complete, more than 20 of which were compound angled, can only mean one thing: now it is time to cut 28 tenons. That’s the next order of business, and when the tenons are done, then I can move to fitting and assembly. Whew!
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