New Project (pt. 7)

Since the legs of the lectern are angled, it was imperative to use the strongest joint possible.  I decided on the drawbored mortise and tenon.

Making the pegs from white oak.

The try-square is placed next to the piece being drilled.  The try-square is used as a reference, so I can line the drill bit up with the square and know that I am boring a straight hole.

The hole in the tenon is offset by just a few mm toward the shoulder.  This creates a very tight, very solid joint.

The drawbore pin aligns the joint.

As the peg is tapped into place, it is deformed slightly towards the shoulder of the tenon,  which tightens the joint.  Although this joint is not common today, it was used regularly in the past on pieces that would see a lot of use.  Drawbored mortise and tenons were also used on pieces that were exposed to the elements such as doors and windows.

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3 Responses to New Project (pt. 7)

  1. Liz says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful photos, and more about the details of your work! I’d love to know what kind of camera you are using, and if you are able to get enough light to not use a flash.

    • Randy J. Arnold says:

      Thank you for the nice comment, Liz! The camera that I use is a Samsung NV11. The camera is no longer in production, unfortunately, but I have seen almost new ones on Amazon for under $100.00. The camera is just a typical small digital camera, nothing fancy. I find that if I use a tripod I don’t need the flash in most cases. If it is a really dark shot, I will use the manual setting with a tripod and that usually does the trick.

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