Mortising the uprights for the bookshelf

Lining up where the mortises will go I remember my dad telling me to hide the worst face when your making something out of wood. That means that the worst of the knots in the wood are on the side that I will be cutting the mortises into. I had to flip the 2nd piece of wood so that the knots didn’t line up with where I was going to need to cut the mortises. I don’t even want to know how much of a pain it would be to cut a mortise on a knot.

Mortise cut marks I sat the 2nd upright next to the first after I had it all marked. I wanted to make sure that I had everything correct. Measure twice, cut once, right?

2 sticks all finished Two of my uprights finished and ready for the cross members now.

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