In an earlier thead I asked and talked about making mortise and tendon joints from scratch so to speak, no jig, no plunge router, no chistles. After reading about the procedure and the cost of buying the tooles mentioned above I think that I'll go the easy route for now and use biscuitss for my jointery on the little end table that I am making for my sister. If it doesn't work the way I want it to I can alway start over, but so far, biscuit jointery has worked well. I'll get on to the M&T joints later maybe.
Colorado City, TX
You have a band saw, table saw, radial arm saw, router table, routers, disk/belt sander, drill press, hand tools... etc. You are better equipt than most.
You could do that without buying any more tools. You could do the tenon on any saw you have, with or without building a jig. You do also do that on your router table. You could do the mortises with your router table, router or drill press.
You think maybe just the comfort level of the "unknown" factor is what is in the way there? Maybe you just pick out some of the tools "you" feel comfortable and confident using and we'll (I'll help in any way I can) try to give some simple instructions to build that skillset.
Practice is what you said you wanted to do, right? Build the skillset? I'm telling you, once you do a few, they really aren't hard to do. They do take more time and attention to detail than other joining techniques... But you like a challenge. Accuracy and detail are what entertains you right? That is something we share.
That is the difference between just doing something and throwing it together... and making it a how you "feel" it should. Like Theo said in another thread here on toy boxes, about how he just gets in the zone and it goes together for him. Between woodworking and fine woodworking. No-one sees what's inside that joint, but you know. The appreciation of functional... and something both functional and artistic workmanship. Something that you can be proud to say, I made that. In a lot of places these days I see those dying out and those skillsets being lost.
We are both on in years. We can appreciate that for what it is. From what you originally said, it was beyond just making a table for your sister. It was what you got out of it for yourself and that part of "you" you put into building that. If it wasn't, you would just buy her a table. You can take pride in that. You can be proud of yourself.
You say you learn a lot here. I've done this awhile and I learn from you. Giving you info, I have to remember back to how I was taught and how I learned, getting it straight in my head, before sharing it with you. That has helped me remember. That has made me re-think whether that was a good way to do things. Some of those things I hadn't done in years. Allot of those things I was doing and taking for granted- no longer thinking about them nor appreciating them. Thank you for those questions.
Those questions inspire me to do better in what I do and to learn new things and techniques for myself. I am always open to learning new things. What I've done in the past was just what "I" was exposed to. Doesn't mean they were the easiest or best way to do something. Just the doors I had open to me at the time.
You can do whatever you want. Just think about it awhile. All-in all, it really is "your" choices.