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A Ming-Inspired Cabinet (66)

 With the action and adventure that comes with a newborn in the house, I haven't been able to get to the shop too much, save for a few times in the past week. I have been able to move the drawer parts along a good measure, however, and am finding this portion of the project going faster than expected.

Here I'm about to start mortising a drawer side for the drawer rear wall's tenons, having already cut a dado previously with another cutter:

For mortising I purchased up a Freud 3-flute spiral carbide the other day, which, though pricey at $75, does cut impressively well. I wanted a fresh cutter so as to be able to through-mortise without fear of exit surface blow out.

Here's one pile of drawer side walls, dadoing and mortising completed:

A closer look at one set shows the clean exit holes attained with the mill and fresh cutter:

I had zero problems with that bit, which excels at plunge mortising.

A look at the work on the inside faces of another set:

I have a lot of chisel paring work ahead!

Here's the other pile of drawer sides, along with the drawer rear walls which have all been tenoned:

Drawer rear walls, the shortest walls receiving two tenons per end, while the middle and large drawers take three tenons per end:

Another view, this time of the tenoned ends of the drawer sides:

While at home, life has been turned a bit topsy-turvy, however in those occasional moments of relative calm I have been digging into a French menuiserie textbook put out by Les Compagnons Du Devoir, part of a multi-volume encyclopedia on the topic. In the next post I'll share a bit about that endeavor, which has comprised a bunch of geometry study.

All for this round- thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way. Post 67 is next in this series.