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Hospice Cart Mortises

Each leg of the hospice cart has four regular mortises and one through mortise. I takes between 45 minutes to and hour for me to complete each leg.

DSC_0014When chopping deep mortises like these I typically use a guide to ensure that I am vertical. If I’m angled incorrectly then it will make a big difference when the rail meets the other leg 38 inches away. The guide that I am using is adapted from Paul Sellers, it’s explained in an earlier blog.

Using a 3/8″ bench and mortise chisel I finished up on the mortises with little fanfare. Chopping mortises is like meditating, find a rhythm and chop away let your mind wander and enjoy the afternoon.

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Categories: Hospice Cart
  1. April 12, 2015 at 9:47 am

    This is a cool project, can’t wait to see how it comes out! The cast iron wheel will give it some great visual appeal, maybe you can work in some other iron accents (push handle or some sort of industrial-ish badge with the hospice name?)

    • April 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

      You are absolutely right. The time crunch I’m in May prevent it but maybe next year I’ll get ahead of it.

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