Mortising The Door Components

This lessons objectives:

  • How to size the mortise
  • How to avoid short grain
  • How to chop the mortise
  • How to safely remove debris within the mortice

In this video, I'll show you the quick, accurate way to cut a mortise. While it's perfectly ok to do this with just a chisel and mallet, it's quite often quicker to drill the waste out first. Especially on small, delicate components like this that won't take repeated beating very well!

This stage is fairly simple. Just get a drill bit that matches the width of the groove you have cut within the door frame (or close enough) and use it to remove the majority of the waste.

If you're using a pillar drill, make sure to set a stop on the depth gauge to prevent yourself blowing through the opposite side. If you're using a hand drill, I'd suggest wrapping a piece of masking tape around the drill bit to act as a depth stop. 

Alternatively, grab yourself some of these drill depth stops available from Axminster Tools and Machinery.

Supporting Material

Click the image below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

How To Cut a Mortise and Tenon

If you want to learn the full process of cutting a standard mortise and
tenon outside of a frame and panel scenario, this video will help!

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

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