Nightstands – Milling the Lumber (part 2)

Today I continued milling lumber for the nightstands. I cut out pieces for the top and aprons. All the pieces were milled down to 1″ thick – when I am ready to use the pieces, I will mill them the rest of the way.

The lumber for the nightstands. I will mill the lumber for the drawers after the tables are built.

The lumber for the nightstands. I will mill the lumber for the drawers after the tables are built.

Next I marked out the mortises on the four legs. I double checked the placement. I only have one spare leg if I mess these up. I am using the drill press to remove most of the material for the mortises. The mortises are 1/4″ wide, 1″ deep, and 3 1/2″ long.

The leg after the the drill press. The remainder of the wood in the mortise will be removed by chisel.

The leg after the drill press. The remainder of the wood in the mortise will be removed by chisel.

I was able to complete half of the large mortises on the legs tonight (for one of the tables). After cutting out the mortises, I will taper the legs on the bandsaw (using a hand plane to smooth the cut).

Completed mortise. I will cut the tenons on the table saw and individually fit them to the mortises.

Completed mortise. I will cut the tenons on the table saw and individually fit them to the mortises.

Also, this is my 300th post on this blog in just under 3 years of writing.

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