Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gothic Stool: Part II

After you fit the legs on the gothic stool, it's time to move onto the stretcher and tusk tenons.

I left the stretcher longer than necessary and will trim its tenons to length once the stool is completely built.

The shoulders of the tenons on the stretchers will be angled, just like the legs (in this case—7º), so you'll need to keep that in mind as you cut them.

Once the tenons are fitted to the mortises in the legs, you need to cut the mortises for the wedges that will go through the ends of the stretcher and will pin the entire stool together. This creates the tusk tenon joint.

Because the wedge goes through the stretcher sideways, the mortise will be wider on one side of the stretcher than the other.

I used a 5º slope for the mortise—enough of an angle that the wedge won't slide all the way through, but not so much that it wants to pop loose.

Next up: shaping the legs.


Jonathan P. Szczepanski said...

“Once fitted, cut to length and shape or embellish as desired.” It's like waiting to get sprinkles on your ice cream. :-)


Kari Hultman said...

Mmmmm, ice cream! I never met an ice cream flavor I didn't like. (Well, except for mint)

Anonymous said...

There's a trestle table in my future. I'm book markin' this to help me with the through tenons. Lookin' good!

Tom Buhl said...

I like your style, young woman.
Excellent primer on tusk mortise and tenons.
Embellish to suit your/my style,
of course.
Have a great day, Kari

p.s. took a dozen reloads to find a word verification that might work. we'll see this time

Mick said...

I like ice cream too :P

Très beau travail Kari!

One day I hope to build the same

Great day, cheers!

Kari Hultman said...

Marilyn, happy to help, but you don't need it, sistah. ; )

Tom, you may like my style, but I like your use of the word "young." Well played, sir.

Merci beaucoup, Mick!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the shared resources, drawings, and inspiration on your blog. Seems like you are really into the "Goth" these days. You may like the Gothic Pre-dieu I made for a client. See my July 4 blog post on