I’m in the middle of making my first workbench. I’m doing it mostly by hand, I’m very new to woodworking.
I have 3 1/2-inch pedistals I’m going to join to the legs with mortise and tenons. As such, using the rule of thirds, I’m cutting a 1 3/4 inch mortise to receive the leg tenon. I drilled out the mortises on the first pedistal with a drill press and set about removing the waste to a square corner using a corner chisel and straight chisels. But as I neared the bottom of the mortise, I blew out the mortise on the bottom, splintering the wood surrounding the mortise
Now it is the bottom, so I’m not freaking out, but I would like to improve on this as I cut the other three.
So my question: Should I score the mortise from the bottom to avoid blowout, or fit a tighter piece of wood to the underside of where I’m cutting? I cut the first one with the pedistal on the ancient bench I’m replacing with my new one for support. Not exactly tight and flush to the base of the pedistal, which is why I’m presuming I cracked so much of the bottom up.
Cut from both ends– or support the bottom better? Which is more improtant?
Thanks guys and gals, learning something new every day on this one…