Mortising for Bridle Joint Pins

Upper cross Outline of pin

Upper cross Outline of pin

Drill a row of holes in recess (halfway into post) and square mortise with chisel. Repeat on other side.

braces. These points represent the shoulder cut of t he tenon you will cut in the ends of the bar.

Disassemble the frame and cut the mortises in the two longitudinal bottom rails. Cut the mortise and tenons of the carry handle. Also lay out and cut the mortise and tenons of the lower cross braces. Finish-sand the surfaces of the framework and chamfer the protruding tenons and the top of the corner posts.

Now you are ready to glue up the frame—in stages, to simplify the process. Begin by gluing the lower cross braces to the longitudinal rails. When you're sure the assembly is square, set it aside to dry. Now glue the top braces to the posts, clamping the bridle joint together with C-clamps (use protective pads). Slide the bottom of the posts into the lower frame assembly to ensure proper alignment, but don't glue them yet.

When the two cross-brace/post assemblies are dry, remove them from the lower frame assembly and cut the mortises for the wood pins as shown in the drawing at left. Begin by outlining the rectangular hole with a chisel, creating shoulders about Vs in. deep. Now make the mortise itself with a drill followed by a chisel to square the cut. To prevent tearout, go in from either side of the post. Note that since the pins on cither side of the post are independent, you don't have to worry about aligning the holes perfectly. Make a pair of pins for each bridle joint, trim them to fit, and then glue them in place.

Pipe clamp pulls handle into post/brace frames.

C -clamps close bridle

Lower cross brace paper

Guide block clamped to end of box

Longitudinal bottom rail

Pipe clamp pulls rails into cross brace.

Pipe clamp pulls handle into post/brace frames.

Lower cross brace

C -clamps close bridle paper

Guide block clamped to end of box

Longitudinal bottom rail

Pipe clamp pulls rails into cross brace.

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For the last glue-up stage, slide the carry handle into its mortises in the cross braces and slip the entire assembly over the box and into the lower frame asssembly. To guide the posts over the box in their correct locations, cut scraps of wood to the width of the inside post spacing and clamp them to the ends of the box. Put waxed paper under the scrap blocks to prevent the glue squeeze-out from the ;x>st slots cementing them the end boards. Clamp the bridle tints together with C-clamps, and pull carry handle into the cross braces a bar clamp (see the drawing at it on the facing page). When the frame is dry, remove the and scrap guide blocks and begin installation of the interior

•nents. Glue the interior walls to <:des of the posts, sandwiching irt blocks for the various tools in •n. Next create the cavity around drawer by gluing the bottom boards place.

iking up the drawer

; out the pieces for the drawer, cutting to size as indicated on the cut list. ?r to your full-scale rendering to ite the dadoes in the face to receive sides. Cut these dadoes as well as for the bottom panel and for the K^x end. Note that the drawer sides extend past the back end—these will act as stops, taking the stress away from the drawer face.

Make the lift-up locking pull as shown in the drawing at right. Dry-assemble the drawer, testing fits and alignments, then glue it up, being sure to keep the assembly flat and square. Test the action of the drawer when installed in the box. Apply candle wax to the sliding surfaces (including the pull) to reduce friction and eliminate sticking.

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Sliding dovetail

Sliding pull

Retainer screw

Sliding pull

Hole for lock

Fixed pull

Travel

Slotted hole

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