|Looks like a good job for my big-honking BadAxe tenon saw.|
|One side done on both faces of the tenon.|
|That's as deep as I can get.|
|This one gets deeper.|
The damage is still a little visible, so I need to decide how best to fix it next time I'm back. I could just plane it down, making the tenon much narrower than the mortise, which would show, I could plane that down and put a patch (I have the cutoff which would match the grain nicely) on either the tenon or inside the mortise. I also could cut an inch or two off of the end and make everything a bit shorter. I'm sure it would still look just fine. Perhaps I should just leave it.
On with the rest of the joints.
My crosscut saw and shoulder plane made quick work of sawing the cheeks off all together.
|Cutting the tenon cheeks.|
|It fits well, but you can see some of the damage if you blow it up.|
|Here's generally what the joint will look like.|
|You can see here I crosscut the upper part of the tenon that will be removed.|
|The second tenon.|
|A preview of the completed table.|
The top does have a few checks that will need either butterfly keys or epoxy. I'm thinking epoxy will be the best answer in this case.
Sadly, I had to leave for Spain after this. I'm not sure when I'll get back to it, but it is starting to look like a table-shaped object.
Still to do:
- sink mortises in the tusk tenons and fit wedges.
- fine-tune all of the M&Ts to ensure everything goes together perfectly.
- drawbore the leg tenons.
- chamfer all the sharp edges.
- make buttons and mortises in the cross beams to hold them.
- address the cracks in the top and smooth the top surface.
- MAYBE bevel the underside of the 1 1/2" top to make it look lighter.
- add finish.