Now that I have milled a fair amount of wood down to size I have turned my attention to the joinery of the case. I am going to make the frame and panels which comprise the sides and the back. The first step is to cut the parts to size and then I started by cutting the grooves and the tenons. I am sorry to disappoint you, but I am using machines to do this. In fact the table saw makes quick work of cutting tenons!
The mortiser makes quick work of cutting square holes in wood too! This reminds me of what one of my students said after cutting all the mortises in his end table during class. He said “You can row a boat across the ocean but there are faster ways to get there!” I am a firm believer in learning the skills of hand mortising, especially if you only have a few to cut or maybe even some angled mortises. But when you are trying to make a living at this sometimes it is necessary to use faster methods!
I use my rabbet block plane to fit the tenons and then mark all the mating tenons to their mortises while you are fitting them.
I then did the joinery on the front frame. I did double tenons on the narrow dividers. Here is the whole frame dry fit together without the panels.
In the next post you will see how I cut the panels and glue up the frames.