How to Make Deep Mortises When You Aren’t a Timber Framer

FORP finished mortise IMG 9709 150x150 How to Make Deep Mortises When You Aren’t a Timber Framer

One of the defining characteristics of the heavy French bench is its joinery – the top and legs are joined with a joint that is one-half through-tenon and one-half sliding dovetail. The sliding dovetail is the easy bit. Saw the walls. Knock the waste out with a chisel. Clean the floor with a router plane. The through-mortises are trickier. It is more than 5” deep, 6” long and usually 1-1/4” […]

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