Gluing Up The Legs And Rails

Chisel and bit

Mortise outline for bottom drawer rail

Mortising fence

1 Outlining the rail mortises in the legs

Use one of the rail tenons you cut (page 33Jto outline the length and width of the mortises. Start by holding the cheek of the tenon flush against the inside face of one of the legs; make sure that the top edge of the rail is aligned with the top end of the leg. Mark the length of the mortise. To outline the mortise width, hold the edge of the tenon flush against the inside face of the leg and mark the cheeks of the tenon (right). Extend the lines along the face (shown in the illustration as dotted lines). Repeat for the remaining side and end rail mortises. Remember that the outside face of the legs should extend beyond the end rail by about % inch.

Mortise outline for bottom drawer rail

2 Drilling the rail mortises in the legs

Use a mortising machine as shown or install a mortising attachment on your drill press. Clamp one of the legs to the fence, centering the mortise outline under the chisel and bit. Adjust the drilling depth to Vs inch more than the tenon length. Make a cut at each end of the mortise before drilling out the waste in between (left). Repeat the procedure to cut the remaining mortises.

Chisel and bit

Mortising fence

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