It obviously needs paint and a roof, but you can see redwood trees behind it, and there's even a killer view of the Silicon Valley out the shop window (give or take a few trees).

Here is the attached shed that I recently rebuilt.



Machinery

I recently got a mortising chisel machine that fits my Delta drill press. It has to work pretty hard (I almost bent the shaft on my drill press with the 1/2" chisel in solid red oak) but it is a heck of a lot faster and easier than trying to drill and chisel them by hand.

Mortises




I read about these and still didn't believe it until I actually saw one. It's a square, hollow chisel that gets literally forced down into the wood by the drill press gearing while a drill bit turns inside it to clear out the wood inside the square chisel. It actually does manage to "drill" square holes, which seems like an oxymoron. You have to really lean on it with hard woods, since the chisel bit cuts only by nature of the downward force you apply. Now I know why there are dedicated mortising machines. Next time around, I would buy one of those before I made 44 mortises 1/2" wide and 3/4" deep in red oak!

Tenons




The other side of mortise-and-tenon joints are also difficult to cut without technology, at least with any repeatability and accuracy. The "tenoning jig" basically holds your wood veritically on the table saw so you can cut the shoulders of the tenon. It works very well. There is another model (Inca) advertised in the Garrett Wade catalog that says you can cut both sides of the tenon with a quick adjustment to the jig without removing the wood from the clamp. Now that I've cut a lot of tenons with the Delta model, I know why they invented that feature, and how useful it must be!

 



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