The work on layout for the mortises on the two rotated legs continues. The French call such legs ‘faces aplomb‘, which refers to the fact that the side faces of the legs, like a hip rafter, are plumb to the ground. Two of the legs in this sawhorse are thus configured, and they are located on diagonally-opposite corners. Conveniently, they are identical in every respect so sorting out the layout issues on one serves for both. The other two legs on the ‘horse however are each unique.
Sorting out the layout took quite a while – here is an overview of the lines laid down just for this one leg – one the ‘floor’ is the same leg, as constructed from the 2D development lines:
In the last installment I completed the layout of the through mortise for the long side brace. What remained were the mortises for the short side braces – the lower of which is a blind oblique mortise and I will have to take some special measures to effect the cut out:
I don’t believe that the original by Mazerolle had a mortise and tenon connection at the lower position – it was probably spiked in place. I notice that a lot of these sorts of splayed structures with interconnecting braces of various arrangements tend to employ nails more often than not. Probably due to assembly issues or the difficulty inherent in cutting certain kinds of mortises. I’m going to try and do it purely with joinery, though it will hardly be convenient. And I still harbour worries about how the piece will assemble….
Speaking of further examples of this sort of splayed-leg work in the French tradition, I came across some pictures recently of various carpentry masterpieces, which invariably feature this sort of construction at the base:
A little less overwhelming complexity with this one, the base of which is similar to a cross (no pun intended) between the tréteau I’m building here in this thread and the trépied établi (three-legged joiner’s bench):
Anyway, with mine, after the layout was gone over again in detail, it was time to mark out on the wood for those two faces aplomb legs. Here are two legs side by side showing the blind mortise openings:
The is the mortise for the upper tenon, which is a through tenon, albeit compound-angled and tapered:
Then tenon enters at the lower part of the photo, and emerges on the adjacent face above. It’s not too acutely angled, so cut out should be relatively straightforward. For the lower blind mortise, I will be making a special guide jig to aid in cutting and paring.
More to come – thanks for your visit today. –> Go to post XVII