I'm building a butler's table and I've reached the point where I need
to cut the 16 mortises in the table top and leaves. They need to be
perfect, as they are a feature of the table top. Has anyone built one
of these tables? I'm sure there's a jig which can be built, but the
past two hours have yielded nothing. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Router, guide bush, and a custom-made template. Cut a few prototypes
first to check fit.
Many butler's table hinges are oval, which are dead easy with a router.
Use the biggest cutter diameter you can. For the square cornered ones,
use a smaller cutter and trim with a chisel afterwards.
I've been thinking, and I just might cut them by hand. It will be more
tedious, but I think I'll have more fine control of the process. The
template idea is a good one, and since my hinges are oval, I may yet
try it. Thanks.
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