A face lift for an old filing cabinet part 4: Six feet under… or how to dig a grave for a butterfly?

I started by drilling holes with forstner bits, trying to match the correct drill diameter to the right location on the designated mortise.

Next I used bench chisels of different widths to clean the mortise. I kept checking and matching the key to the progressing mortise to achieve a perfect fit.

I did not create a through mortise. The mortise goes down to about 3/4 of wood thickness.

Sometimes I had to use a swan neck chisel to extract and pare wood chips form the bottom of the mortise.

I have an old socket chisel (1") wide that I keep very sharp. This chisel can cut trough end-grain like butter!

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Yoav Liberman

About Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.