May 17, 2017

052

Autumn demonstrating the use of English mortise chisels. In the foreground are the numerous guides and jigs Chris once required in  order to cut mortises with a router.

In May, we gathered at the shop of Chris Church of Wenatchee. On the agenda was how to cut mortise and tenons, both by hand and with power tools. Autumn Doucet led the demonstrations by showing how to chop a mortise with English mortise chisels, also known to some as “pig stickers.”

Since chopping a well-fitted mortise by hand with English mortising chisels is fast and uncomplicated, the demonstration didn’t take long. For those interested in the process, here is a good video by Peter Follansbee.

064

Willy giving the mortise chisel a spin.

Next, Chris Church showed us how he used to make mortise and tenons using a table full of jigs, then he sauntered right over to his Stanfield horizontal mortiser, made exclusively by Tom Dolese at Terra Firma Design in Bellevue. This is the mortiser he used to cut all of the joinery – angled and straight – on ten dining room chairs. Once he set all of the stops and adjustments, the execution was smooth, accurate and quick. These mortisers run about $2000, but Chris purchased his used for around $800.

058

The Stanfield horizontal mortiser

062

Chris showing how it’s done.

Chris also explained how he makes his loose tenons.

054

Making a snug fit with loose tenons.

And what’s a meeting without a few glamour shots?

046

Jon Dominguez, originally from Detroit. You’ve got it going there, Jon.

044

L-R: Mark Lombard and Jeff Dilks

047

James Gibson from Newport

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s