Mortising some butterfly key reinforcements in a walnut dining tabletop. The epoxy filling the crack is good for ~3,500lbs/sq inch shear... but belts and suspenders and all that. #butterflykey#bowtie#dutchmen
I finished the butterfly keys two or three weeks ago but a serious cold kept me out of the workshop. I started with a deep knife line and removed the bulk of the wood with chisels. The small veritas router helped to establish a consistent depth. Worked pretty well. Pictures of the finished keys tomorrow. #handtool#woodworking#oak#butterflykey
Here’s a little slideshow of how I like to do my butterfly keys! 1. Cut your key in the shape and size you want 2. Use a marking knife and put a good outline around the key (double sided sticky tape helps hold it in place) 3. Use a router to clean out most of the material. I like to leave about 1/16” to chisel 4. Put your chisel in the line you created with the knife. I like to angle the chisel forward so it cuts back to allow for a place for glue 5. Put glue in 6. Pound it with a hammer (put a block of wood on top to prevent busting up the key) 7. Cut and sand flush and DONE!! Hope this helps!!👍🏼🗻 #butterflykey#bowtie#inlay#tutorial#woodworking#walnut#poplar#craftsman#handtools#rotex150#festool#bosch#wood#740#endtable
I couldn't decide on which design to use for my work bench, so I just started building the top and legs and went along to see what came out of it. It turned out quite alright if I say so myself 😬. My favorite is the beautiful Balau wood top with some decorative accents just for fun!