So when I started this class I didn’t know the difference between a mortise and a tenon, seriously. I knew they went together but I didn’t really know which was which. So now I know the mortise is the hole and the tenon is the part that protrudes through the hole. I know this because that is about all we did today. We made these things and we made them match up and fit like a glove. We worked the entire day on the bottom structure and as you can see below there are quite a few more features on the part of the table known as the hayrake. This was truly a day to remember. My first mortise and tenon. Hehehe…
Mike showing us how to make an angled mortise
Table saw setup to to the tenon on the small stretcher
Tom on the infamous mortiser. This machine does nothing but make precise square holes in the wood. For one mortise you have to chew out a section so it takes about 50 pulls per each mortise. Nice workout!
My setup for the angled mortise. Starting to feel like a pro!
Laying out the Hayrake. Mike sure did a wonderful job walking us through it. He made something complicated into a step at a time.
Bandsaw setup to cut the waste out of the tenon.
The tools of the trade!
End of the day. Whew! We didn’t stop working except for a short break for lunch.
My favorite joint so far…
Another shot. Time for dinner!!