|Layout of the stock - red dots are centers for drawing radii|
I have some beech that was on the undercarriage of a table I found on the street and some of it is quartersawn. I thought this would be good for the stock in that the mortise wouldn't go out of shape with the seasons. The squared up block ended up a little less than 15/16" thick.
|Laminated beech all squared up|
|Nice quartersawn grain|
|Stock laid out on front ...|
|... and back. Can you see the knife nicks at bottom for transferring the vertical mortise lines from the front?|
|Mortise about 1/3 complete|
|Blade of square poking through and even with mortise edge|
|That's a tight fit - actually too tight. Still needed to plane some more.|
|Wedge mortise done|
|Wedge in slanted mortise, but level with larger mortise wall|
|Bulk of waste removed and relief cuts made|
|That's a lot of relief cuts|
Next time: making a cutter and wedge for the stem, mortising the stem, and finishing.