|"Wes Stewart" wrote in message
|> I'm into my first venture at building a Mission style end table and
|> it's time to decide how to handle the mortises that house them.
|> 1) Is it best to cut individual mortises (I've been plunge routing
|> using homemade jigs and squaring by hand) or machine a groove and
|> install spacers between the tenons? There will be only three or four
|> per side.
|> 2) Should I try the fire drill of gluing them in or just leave them
|By all means, use mortise and tenons ... if you're setup to do them, it
|actually takes less time and is much less of a hassle, IME.
My thinking too, just figured it didn't hurt to ask :)
|Just a matter of preference, but I never use glue on the slats/spindles.
|Actually, if you do a good job fitting them, they will not be loose and they
|won't need glue. Clamping the Apron and stretcher, with the slats/spindles
|mounted before you glue-up your end assemblies will insure that the
|slats/spindles stay tight.
That's also what I was thinking but again, I wondered what others
would do. I now have two different opinions. Great huh? <g>
|... and should you ever have to replace one, you will be glad it is not
Good point, I hadn't thought of that.
|Also, plan the mortise width and length so that you can use a single setup
|to cut the tenons on slats/spindles. IOW if your spindles are 1/2" thick and
|1" wide, make your mortises 1/4" by 3/4", You can then use the same setup on
|either a table saw or router to cut all four shoulders at 1/8" on deep each
|end, with the fence set back the for appropriate depth of the tenon.
Okay. I did that on the stretchers but the aprons were too wide in my
estimation so I haunched them. PITA