Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Through the years I have found that there are always at least two ways of doing things. In the classroom, as the "teacher" I (but not many of my students) considered this a strength of sorts. However, it never failed during a demonstration of some process that an "experienced student" would challenge the method I had selected saying, "That's not the way we do it at home." My response would be, "Well, try this way, and then you will have two ways of doing the same thing. See how it goes, then you can choose the way you want to do it." Need the patience of Job at times!
On Bridge #3
I wanted to use mortise and tenon joinery with wooden pegs. "I was lost and did not know it." I even pegged the ends of the braces! Oh my. Then, on my own, for braces, I decided to center the tenon and achieve one of the goals of housing by cutting the tenon back 3/4" from the front surface of the brace. I had read a bit about housed joints but dismissed the idea as to complex. My "solution" to my problem did the job! I had seen posts with braces in place but had never seen one disassembled like in the picture below. I just didn't get it. Imagine that! Now I do.