Yesterday, I made some decent progress on the Chai Boy project. I got the mortises cut out and got the legs roughly cut out, and made the rails for the front and back.
Now on to the good stuff. If I could go back in time, I’d like to shake the hand of the man who invented the “Hollow Chisel Mortise Machine.” (then I’d take a quick side trip and sock the guy who invented the tie) The purpose of this machine is to cut square holes. If you put a number of these square holes together, viola, you get a mortise!
For the record, this photo makes me look fat! I’m not trying to girlish or anything, but I swear it is a baggy shirt.
So why do I like this machine so much? Along time ago, you would use a hand drill and a chisel to cut out the mortises. Today, most home woodworkers have advanced to a power drill and a chisel. And for those of us who make a lot of mortises and are ready to shell out the money, we get the Hollow Chisel Mortise Machine. As the name implies, the hollow chisel is literally a hollow square tube that has been sharpened like a chisel at the bottom of all four sides. Inside the tube is a drill bit which removes the material while the chisel tube squares up the sides. Anyone who enjoys making Arts & Crafts furniture, would be lost without one of these machines. It is not a tool I use everyday, but every time I use it, I am very thankful I have it.
The legs are taking shape, literally! I need to smooth out the bandsaw marks and round over the edges, then I can start fitting the sides and rails.
The march of progress continues