So to day, I decided that I would make a towel drying rack, which I could attach to the wall on the balcony, they will soon dry in this sun. I am making it out of 2x4, originally I was going to make it out of plywood and thick wooden dowel, as I had both, but decided that this was just as easy, and probably stronger.
I cut all the pieces, and then it was time to play, I bought a dado blade from the US last year, but have never got around to using it.
That done it was on to the towel rack
Yes sir!!!! I am definitely a dado blade fan! and soon had my half lap joints cut.
The wall board, I decided to attach to the frame with mortice and tenon, The tenon was easy, no cutting involved, I am just inserting the towel frame into the wall board.
The mortice joints I marked by standing the frame on the board and marking around the 'tenons', I used a chisel to define the marks, before using a forstner bit to take the bulk of the waste out of the joint.
Then removing the rest with a chisel.
I tried the frame in the board to make sure it would fit, this was done whilst the frame was still clamped for the glue to dry.
fortunately it was a great fit, and no extra work was needed...for a change.
Before attaching the two pieces together, I sanded the whole piece, and then using my trim router, put a 1/2" roundover on the support frame, to make it easier when draping a towel over the bars, making sure I stopped before the part used as a tenon.
I also drilled three holes with a forstner bit in the wall board, followed by a drill bit, to recess the wall mounting screws.
The mortice and tenons were then glued together, with an added screw from the back, after a final sanding.