I am building 3 Victorian style wooden screen doors and was wondering about
the MT joints for putting everything together.... How deep do those mortises
need to be? My plunge router will only give me about 1.5 inches, and I
guess I can flip the stiles over and plunge through for a mortise that will
go all the way through, but thought I'd ask for some feedback. A screen
door gets alot of use and I want it to be sturdy. I am using VGDF....
Thanks in advance!
Ditto. 1860's vintage.. all pinned, through mortises.
3" stiles? That seems a bit light to me. If you start with routed mortises,
finishing up with a chisel will be pretty easy using the routing as a giude
if you need "extra reach"
The stiles are actually 3 1/2; the bottom rail is 10" wide and the top rail
is also 3 1/2 - there are two intermediate rails that are 2" with 3 1/2"
tall turned spindles between them, roughly halfway up the door.
I'll plunge as best I can and drill and chisel out the remainder... I can't
justify a hollow chisel mortiser (yet) but have 4 mission style pieces in
the pipeline that may well tip the scale over center.
I have an 1868 Victorian in Lakeport, CA... and over the years have
discovered that the quickest way to have a nice Victorian home and a small
fortune is to start with a large fortune...
I have the benchtop delta, and the "distance under the chisel" is limitted
to 4". I suppose that's reasonable for a $250 machine, but I have have
needed more on occaision. I like it for cabinet doors, but it's not really
enough machine to handle full-sized interior doors.
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