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Damn that looks very clean indeed! That thick tenon looks really cool. I agree that wedged tenons sure do look good too...

I also noticed that you're using one of those automatic centre punches. I love mine, it must be my most used tool!


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Nice one Matt. It's looking nice and beefy. I see you share your workspace with the boiler too! (I also share mine with the washing machine)


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El Barto wrote:
Damn that looks very clean indeed! That thick tenon looks really cool. I agree that wedged tenons sure do look good too...

I also noticed that you're using one of those automatic centre punches. I love mine, it must be my most used tool!
Yeah, it's definitely a handy tool


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Nice one Matt. It's looking nice and beefy. I see you share your workspace with the boiler too! (I also share mine with the washing machine)
Hah, yes - and a massive hot water cylinder. It's very cramped in the shop at the moment. Hopefully the new bench will help alleviate that, although I need to think of somewhere for the pillar drill to go...


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I find it tricky to get the fit just right. Too loose, and the through tenon has gaps. Too tight, and bam! Out blows a big chunk from the edge of the mortise!

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A bit of glue and some clamps fix the piece back - it's going to be pretty much hidden under the table top anyway.

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With the mortises in the leg components complete, I start working on the leg bases. I remove the majority of material using the bandsaw.

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I then use the router table to create a nice straight edge and curved profile for the feet.

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I used a speed square along with a bit of ply for additional support in order to cut the 45s. I had toyed with making the cuts on the tablesaw, but didn't think it was worth the hassle.

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Here's the completed leg assembly prior to chamfering and glue up, and a close up of one of the legs.

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Next I start working on the main base rails. These are going to be tusk tenons, so the tenons themselves are very long. I marked out all of the bits as usual.

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Cutting the cheeks on the tablesaw again, and then I used the bandsaw to cut the shoulders to size.

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Once the tenons were more or less there, I could use them as references to mark my layout of the mortises on the legs.

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The usual cutting knife lines and marking the centres ready for drilling.

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As these mortises are through the thickest part of the legs, and I'm drilling four of them, the mess was phenomenal! I have the kit ready to make dust extraction for my drill press, but haven't got round to putting it together yet. This mess has just bumped it up my priority list :D

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One of the tusk tenons in place. In hindsight, I would have like to have had more tenon poking through, especially as I'm using softwood. There's a chance that the tusk wedge could pop the end of the tenon off.

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A lot of chopping and a lot of mess later, and all four mortises are done. It's surprisingly stable even as just a dry fit, which makes me feel even more confident about its stability once assembled.


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That looks great Matt, certainly looks plenty strong enough!
Are you planning on putting a cabinet with drawers inside?


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