Shaker End Table #4: Leg Work and a WTF!?! I didn't just...yes I did

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I continued on chopping the mortises in the second back leg.

And then one mortise in each of the front legs.

Next, I decided to use the Skew Rabbeting Plane to cut the tenons on the three aprons. The plans call for a tenon, 3/8" wide x 3/8" tall. Okay, no problem, my ruler is already set at 3/8" for when I cut the mortises. I will just use that to set the depth stop and fence for the skew rabbeting plane, easy peasy. I stopped to take a picture of the progress and because something didn’t feel right with the plane.

Two things were wrong. First, the blade was improperly set, so the rabbet was not even. Second, I forgot to set the correct offset from the edge of the apron to give me a centered, 3/8" tenon. Uuuugggghhhh! Okay, not the end of the world, since I had only cut one side of the apron. I made the correct adjustments to the rabbet plane depth stop and blade setting. Flipped the apron over and easily produced the correctly sized tenon, the right hand side of the tenon in the pic below.

Tomorrow, I will repair the skinny tenon by gluing on shims to get the tenon to the proper size. It is an easy fix. Needless to say, I put the tools away for the rest of the day. It could have been worse, it ended up being a learning point for me today.

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Thanks guys.
Thor, I like your plane as well, I also keep my eye out for one, but haven’t found one yet that has all the parts.
Brian, very well said, I have the same thing with my measurements :0)

Those kind of mistakes are what I do every day. I can’t believe how dumb they are half the time. It’s because I don’t pay close enough attention and even when I’m as focused as possible they still happen. So what I do is the best I can, then rig up fixe, like your glued on shims. In the end, who cares – only the end result matters so if you can get through stuff like this, that’s what makes your product good.

My woodworking mentor rarely makes the kind of mistakes I make. Somehow he can see 38 steps ahead and actually measures properly. It’s a kind of focus I’ve never been able to achieve. Sometimes I’ll measure, check the plans, set the fence, then TRIPLE CHECK everything and still be an inch off as if I have dyslexia or something. It’s very frustrating sometimes.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Yeah some days are just like that. I guess the best thing is to step back and take a break. Yeah not a bad fix but a fix that shouldn’t be. I feel your pain. Hang in the buddy. It will all be okay. You’re doing well.

-- Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

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