Meeting Rail Replacement

Repair methods, procedures and details.
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Meeting Rail Replacement

Postby johnleeke » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:02 pm

It would take at least two hours to repair the rail, so I decided to replace it with a new one since that would take less than 45 minutes.


1. Assess Conditions
Weather checks
Catch screw holes
Ring checks
Broken tenons
Decision: Repair the rail, or replace it?

2. Select Wood
Heart wood, more growth rings per inch, avoid defects
Rough out blank

3. Measure & Document Profile

4. Rip out Rail Stock
Bench Saw (Table Saw)

5. Layout Joints
Joint design
Marking cheeks
Slope of bevel
Ends of cheeks
Carry the squares
Mark cheek sides
X out waste

6. Cut Joints
By hand, back saw, coping saw
Chop mortise by hand, chisel & mallet

7. Assemble
Check for squareness
Peg the joints

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