Pulpit - Joinery

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After milling the parts down to final dimensions and cutting to exact length (I resaw everything as close as I can on the bandsaw, then send it through the planer once or twice to clean it up), the next step is to cut the mortises for the floating tenons.

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Cutting the mortises in the Pulpit posts...


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Lengths of floating-tenon stock. I use a 1/4-round bit on each side of the square stock to half-rounded tenons (rather than chopping out and squaring up the mortises themselves.) The grooves down the middle allow glue to flow up through the joint while it's being clamped.

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Cutting the floating tenons to length...

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Dry-fitting the two "wings" of the Pulpit.

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Pulpit, dry-fit, minus the panels, dividers, shelves, box, hardware, and everything else that still needs to be done.