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1 hour ago, Coyote Jim said:

So step one would be: go buy a router.

I have possibly been over thinking it (which is my MO). It's really just a mortise with an open side. I could just chop down the side like a standard mortise but I would have the added benefit of being able to split out the waste as I progress down.

Think that would work?

Didn't know that you did not own a router, that sorta makes you a rare one. However as Ross said, a mortise chisel or for that matter any chisel will do what you ask, just keep your sharpening stones nearby to keep a "very" sharp edge. And treat it like any mortise you would use for constructing a piece..  I'd suggest a piece on the far side clamped tight, to avoid blowout, should you slip during the work.

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1 hour ago, Coyote Jim said:

Story of my life:

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I resonate with that picture more than I would like to admit to myself.

I use woodworking for the relaxation of it. While I'm not scared to use power tools, I find them far from relaxing. I'm actually looking forward to pounding out all that waste with a chisel for a couple hours tomorrow morning. I'm by no means disparaging power tools, they just happen to stress me out. I have enough stress in my life without them.

I know how you feel, most of my life I've been a one legged man at an ass kicking contest.   There was no suggestion that you didn't like power tools, I was merely offering a short cut. Noisy but shorter.  I to like hand work more than machine work.

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I don't think so the question i my mind is how difficult is it to make the mortise deeper?

If its easy and fast the cost is low and I'd do it to give more strength.

I do think there is enough strength there as is, so if expanding the mortise is difficult and there is risk of causing a poor fitting joint then i would abstain.

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15 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

I don't think so the question i my mind is how difficult is it to make the mortise deeper?

If its easy and fast the cost is low and I'd do it to give more strength.

I do think there is enough strength there as is, so if expanding the mortise is difficult and there is risk of causing a poor fitting joint then i would abstain.

Thanks for the quick response Drew. So to deepen the mortise by about 1/4" or so would take 30 minutes to an hour on each one (there are 2).

I want the table to last forever, which would make the "cost" negligible. What do you think? Another 1/4" or 1/2"?

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