1. Hi Paul my name is Joe I have been watching your series for almost 2 years now and it’s awesome and I’m learning so much from you I and I have a question why don’t you use a crank neck mortise chisel to clean out the mortises

  2. It appears that Paul drives the mortice perpendicular to the inner face for the upper front rail. Wouldn’t the ends of the mortice follow the same angle set by the bevel gauge? At one point he mentions paring the ends but doesn’t expand on any details. I’m left in confusion over how the tenon which appear straight is going to seat in the mortice or is it merely controlled by the shoulders of the rail?

    1. Hi tenbears,

      That confused me a bit too! The tenon is straight, so the angles are in a) the mortice hole and b) the shoulders of the tenon?

      Paul did imply we could make the mortice straight (undersized) and pair away the angle on fitting. That approach makes most sense to me.

      Hi Paul,

      I’m so going to love doing this project. The only tool I have of my Father’s is a brass & rosewood sliding bevel which is my pride and joy. His father was a cabinet maker, but I was too “kool for skool” back in the day to learn all the skills they had, so thank you for connecting me with them again.

  3. It was really helpful to go through the process of finessing the joint, Paul, thank you. I know you’d rather that it was perfect first time, but for those of us for whom it’s never perfect first time (maybe someday we’ll get there) it’s really helpful to see the thought process for troubleshooting the fit. Time well spent, thank you.

  4. Hello All
    Whether the mortise and tenon not fitting correctly was intentional or not, the following period on seating the joint properly was really valuable for me.
    I think all of Paul’s videos are exceptional and I’m never left with any questions on how to do something. But I make all the classic mistakes and the inclusion of this sort of footage helps enormously,
    Kind regards,

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