So I thought it would be a neat project to make a stand for this mirror, especially because it would be a good application for my new Pantorouter machine.
The T-joints for the legs would best be held together by a quadruple mortise and tenon joint. I had already made a set of templates for this type of joint, so this was relatively easy to do.
Here I'm checking a joint cut from my template. It looks to be about the right size for this application.
Quadruple tenon template mounted on the pantorouter. I'm using a 3/4" guide bearing and a 3/8" router bit. The pantograph reduces 2:1, so the joint will come out exactly half the size of my template.
Carving out the quadruple tenon. It doesn't take long.
Next I switched to the quadruple mortise template.
Cutting mortises, as seen from the operator perspective.
Checking the fit. I'd previously tweaked my templates to produce a good fit, so there wasn't any need to make adjustments after cutting. It just fit.
Now gluing it up.
The mirror sits on a ledge on the bottom of the stand. A bracket is slipped over the mirror and onto the top of the legs. This bracket holds the sides of the mirror to prevent it from tipping forward.
I joined the corners of the C-bracket with box joint. Continue reading...