Mortise Chisel

Federal Classic Design with a Contemporary Feel This Sheraton bedside table is my original design, but I borrow elements heavily from the 18th century Sheraton style. The legs especially speak to that period. However in…

Mortise and Tenons and Chunky Feet The first step with the plinth or feet assembly is to actually make the feet. While I may have been able to find 12/4 thick stock in other species,…

Consistency in Layout is the Key to Success Here The dust frames not only make for a surface for the drawers to ride on and set the spacing of the drawers, but they add incredible…

Cope and Stick without the Cope The question is how to make a stopped bead and groove without the hassle of blind elements? Cope and Stick or Frame and Panel joinery would be much much…

Intersect and Miter the Tenons The mortise and tenon joint is very strong. Tenon strength specifically is a measure of how much glue surface we create in the cheeks. A wider tenon provides more glue…

Chopped Mortises Are Faster Mortises can be made either by chopping or by boring and paring to final shape. In my travels I have seen many more people boring them out and paring than chopping…

  You Gotta Know How to Hold 'Em Chisels 101. That's a pretty broad term and an immense amount of ground to cover. Is there a more basic woodworking tool this side of the paleolithic…

  Video Quick Links Part 1 Part 2 Shoulder Alignment is the Number One Priority This practice square is 9 joints, 6 mortise and tenon variations, and 3 half lap variations. But first and foremost,…

  I've been contemplating mallets and the ferocity with which I see people using them. So this week I have a tip about mortising that dovetails nicely with last week's discussion of using a chisel…

  Video Quick Links Chopping a Mortise Boring a Mortise Flaring the Mortise Making the Wedges Assembling the Joints No Kerf Wedged Tenon Wedges for All Seasons A thread in the Semester 1 forum started…

This time I focus on the tailstock or poppet/puppet, installing the live centers, and making the tool rest. There are a lot of different ways to build these and you can also shape them to…

  This video covers just about all the joinery and by the end I have an assembled undercarriage to the table. The simplicity of table design means they are great projects for the beginner but…

Our build continues with building the door. This four panel design is very traditional and is an excellent exercise in accuracy and mortise and tenon construction. With 10 joints you will hone your mortise chopping…

  This time I finish up the Joinery Bench construction by making the legs and stretchers.  This is pure mortise and tenon review...on steroids.  For the most part all our mortises are 1 1/2" wide,…

Meant to Take a Beating

From left: Vintage Sheffield, Ray Iles 3/8", Ray Iles 1/4"
A good mortise chisel should be a solid hunk of steel with a beefy handle that…

  Build One or Build a Pair, You Won't Be Sorry Understanding how to make a tight fitting mortise and tenon opens up an entire world of projects to the woodworker. Deciding which one to…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/yj6on4v9o1?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Video Quick Links Types of Mortise & Tenon Layout the Mortise Drilling a Mortise Paring a Drilled Mortise Chopping a Mortise When to Drill, When to Chop Frame & Panel Mortise Through Mortise Layout…