Three perfect mortises – 9 minutes 20 seconds

My Hope chest progress up to Saturday evening.

I just wondered what time it would take averaged over three mortises so I set the stopwatch on my iPhone and clocked the time at 9 minutes and 20 seconds working steadily with no breaks and allowing no time for moving the hole position along the vise. So I averaged 3 minutes and 21 seconds per mortise.



The variable size seemed to make minimal difference to the time of each one, about 20 seconds overall on the two shorter mortises that’s all.




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Here are the finished legs complete with fully shaped legs, 8  hand cut grooves, 18 hand cut mortise holes and all planed foursquare from rough bandsaw cuts using only conventional hand planes. I took about three hours work in all.

I like seeing the legs now resting on the bench