Basque Style Table: The Base Part 1

With the lumber milled I set to work on the two end assemblies.
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First step is to lay out the through mortises then chop them. The legs of the end assemblies are splayed at 7° so I marked that angle on the legs and set a bevel gauge to 7° as well to use as a guide while chopping. I drilled out the first two mortises with a brace and bit but found it no faster than chopping, not to mention the results weren’t as clean.

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I attacked this one joint at a time so I chopped a mortise, cut a tenon.

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When I had both legs mortised and tenoned I laid the lower stretcher across the legs and marked the intersection at the legs.

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More chopping and cutting and viola!

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One more time through that whole operation and both end assemblies were complete. I didn’t take any pictures but I draw bored the mortise and tenons so I wouldn’t need to clamp anything.

More soon…

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