Final Steps

Chiseling out the blind mortises in the rails & stiles to make room for the kumiko tenons.

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Final smooth planing of all pieces prior to assembly.IMG_2105

The walnut wedges cut to size and (more or less) ready for insertion into the rail tenons upon final assembly.IMG_2078 IMG_2077

Assembling the kumiko for the final product.IMG_2079 IMG_2080 IMG_2081 IMG_2083 IMG_2084 IMG_2085

Adding the rails, and after that the stiles.IMG_2086 IMG_2087

Insert wedges into tenons, hammer into place, saw off waste, smooth with low angle block plane, repeat. A note: I made the exterior stile mortise too large and had to insert 4 small wedges instead of two large ones to avoid splitting the tenon. This was a bit of headache and one of the areas for improvement next time around.
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And the final product-minus the paper, which will be addressed soon.

Otherwise a good first attempt. Turns out it takes a delicate hand and determined patience and practice to cut everything to such precise dimensions. No gap on the entire piece was greater than 1/32 but on a piece like this, it really matters and is very noticeable. Especially to the maker. The compression joints worked like a charm and no glue was necessary. I needed to do some final planing to match the rail and stile joints, but that was easy enough work.

As Mr. Van Arsdale says, “…If one or more pieces don’t fit… resolve to do better next time”.

And so I will.

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