|Danger, Will Robinson! More on that later.|
- Too bad it rarely works out that way.
- I shouldn't have cut twelve half-laps for six mortises.
I marked where the lines should go with dividers in order to eliminate measuring mistakes, used a marking knife to make a line, deepened it with a chisel and notched out a triangle of wood where my crosscut saw could sit to start the cut.
Once the ends of the lap were defined with the saw, I made a few relief cuts to aid in chopping out the waste in the middle.
|Two precise cuts, and a few eyeballed relief cuts in the middle.|
|Halfway in and halfway down.|
|Move the chisel back to take about half of what's left.|
|Roughing out a bit of a chamfer to help later.|
|Second time, same as the first.|
|Here's what it looks like when I'm ready to move to the next step.|
|Chiseling across the grain with hand pressure only to refine things a bit.|
|Guiding the cut with my off hand.|
|Take light cuts with this tool, it should be thought of as a fine finishing tool for joints like this.|
The bridle joint allows the grain of the leg to appear to go all the way up to the table top, leaving room for your eye to see the mortise for the trestle by itself.
Structurally, the mortise and tenon on the top brace will be fine, but now the mortise and tenon for the trestle will be right next to the now visible joint for the cross brace.
I'm committed now, since I have no more cherry on hand to do the braces over again. We'll see if I get that far before I have to leave again for Spain. But, in the end, it is a small detail that might not look too bad. We'll have to see.
I can always paint it like I originally planned.