Even as I started the mortise & tenon (M&T) joinery work on the front apron for the stand-up desk, I had not yet decided how to split the long tenons in two. For the side aprons, and the apron on the back, I had done them on the band saw, with great results:
The following were the results – perfect fit, with some wiggle room to allow for wood movement:
This time I wanted to try the new Gyokucho Japanese saw I bought from Di Legno Woodshop Supply in the Marketplace, at the Woodworking in America conference two weeks ago. And so I did – and liked it very much, as it kept me from having to raise my left arm above my shoulder:
The kerf is a very thin 0.012″ (twelve thousands of an inch). I also used this saw to remove the waste on the outside corners:
Chiseling the waste was easy enough, as I sharpened all the chisels just before heading to St Charles, Ill.
I will continue working on the tenons, to get piston fit into the mortises. In the meantime, I worked on an ancient rabbet plane this afternoon, sharpening the iron and flattening its sole. I will try it on the cheeks of these tenons, after some practice runs on scrap quarter sawn white oak.