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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Philip Morley Shop Tour & The Morley Mortiser

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So I got a special treat for you today.

I am in Wimberley, Texas at Philip Morley's shop

where I'm actually working with Philip

to make this table for the Guild.

So if you want to get in on this

it's at the

But today our focus is taking a look at Philip's shop.

He's got a really great space here

filled with lots of tools and some homemade tools

that I think you're really gonna enjoy seeing,

as well as one of his homemade jigs,

which you can buy the parts for

or the plans for and build it.

All right, so let's go to Philip and get a nice little tour.

- Hey guys, welcome to the shop.

I figured since you're here I'm gonna show you,

do a little shop tour.

So the shop is about 750 square feet.

So I built this shop about, oh, six or seven years ago.

I've only actually been operating in it for five years

as Philip Morley Furniture.

And I did pretty much everything

from the ground up by myself.

Took me two years.

It's not big enough.

I have some lumber rack here that works well.

I do have other storage units that people don't see

that are outside of the shop

that I can store more lumber

and a lot of my jigs and fixtures.

But when I start a job I'll bring the wood in,

let it acclimate here.

You can see a lot of different jigs up on the wall.

These guys are the ones for my rocking chairs

that I kind of value more than any of my jigs,

'cause I've put a lot of time into them.

So they just kind of live in here.

Other jigs that I don't use that much

will live in my storage unit.

Typical bench I made

when I did my seven year apprenticeship.

The first thing my mentor, Michael Caulker,

had me make was my bench.

I like it that tall because,

and it might be because I'm not strictly a hand tool person,

but also even when I do a lot of hand planing

I'm not bending over.

And I know this is typically not a standard size bench,

but I made it a little higher,

mainly 'cause that's what my mentor's bench was like

and I kind of just copied the height and stuff.

Another funny thing about the bench,

I am not left-handed, I'm right-handed,

but I set it up as a left-handed bench

and it was just strictly,

monkey sees, monkeys do type thing.

I was just looking at my mentor's,

like oh, that's where you put the vice,

I'll put it there and then I did it

and I was like, oh yeah, that's kind of backwards.

But it works for me.

You know, just typical little tool storage.

Again, yes, I do use hand tools,

but I'm not strictly a hand tool guy.

Gotta have it though obviously.

Here in Texas it gets really hot

and so I got a mini split.

The mini split, I can't remember the stats on it,

but it's I think about the biggest one they did.

This one unit works really well,

however I don't have any dust filtration in my shop,

so all the dust gets sucked up in there

and I have to clean it on a regular basis.

The piping and stuff, that was on me.

I wanted it inside, 'cause it was ugly,

I didn't want it on the outside of my shop.

But you do get a little bit of moisture

dripping off that sometimes.

So there's that.

Band saw, I've got two of the exact same band saws.

I do love these bands saws

and definitely for the price range they work great.

The lathe that rarely gets used.

Yes, I do have too many planers mark,

but this is my third or fourth, third planer

that obviously sees a lot of use there in the corner.

Simple drill press.

Like I mentioned in the videos,

this is just my rough saw,

I don't do anything really fine with this saw,

it's just to get my blank out stuff.

Yeah, cabinets, don't do cabinets,

don't even look inside there.

It's just a bunch of crap and sawdust inside of them.

And then this is the other bench.

So I do have someone that works with me on and off,

Amanda, sawdustwoman on Instagram.

She's learning and coming along in the craft.

She's very skilled.

But she will come here and I've got this bench for her.

So this is a standard size bench,

which I don't like and it's just probably

what I get used to.

And I'm a little bit taller too,

so that's probably why.

These are just some projects going on.

These are my lounge chairs,

a box that's going out, all my awards,

and only one of these is for first price.


Kind of pathetic.

So I do have two joiners.

I love this joiner, 'cause it's got a long bed.

I've never had problems with it,

just straight out of the box it worked.

I've had it for 11 or 12 years I believe.

I sharpen my knives,

so this is straight knives

and I sharpen them and hone them myself.

And that way I can get

almost like a hand plane shaving finish off of it.

So I like it for that reason.

Gotta have the little Dewalt planer.

It's a little workhorse, incredibly loud,

but I really do like that too.

So again, kind of over to this corner,

which I kind of called a sanding corner.

These are big machines,

but a few years back I realized how much time I was wasting

doing hand sanding, and so I made these machines.

I think I'm the third person

to make this particular type edge sander.

And what's kind of unique about it

and I'm not sure why someone doesn't make this as a product,

is it's got a drag end on it.

So the belt's just dragging around this end,

which has got the graphite paper around it.

And I can do all my flat sanding on this end

and it's just, the results are amazing.

Most sanders have like a four or five inch drum there

and you can't really use it.

You're not gonna do a flat with it.

So this guy works really nice.

My mentor made one, I believe Gary Weeks made one,

so then I went ahead and made one.

So this is my stroke sander made by Gary Weeks,

they made about 30 years ago,

and then I bought it from them.

Works really well,

but it is, takes a lot of space.

But it saves me a lot of time.

And again, these are just parts.

This is for the lounge chair stacking up

that needs to get done.

Another band saw.

I just leave a 3/4 inch blade on one

and a 1/4 inch blade on the other.

It's just one of those time-savers

that I don't wanna keep switching blades out.

And then all these jigs, again,

are just for like the crest rails for my rocking chair

and I think bar stools.

I do have a regular table saw,

so my Delta over here that I love,

but I don't do a whole lot of sheet goods in my shop,

so it doesn't get much use for that.

Mainly for the sled.

This guy here, the big elephant in the room.

Is one of those opportunities,

I got this, I couldn't kind of say no to it,

and I'm really grateful that I do have it,

but it does take a lot of room up.

But yeah, so it's a combination machine.

The question I get asked a lot of times,

well, do you get tired of having to break it down

and back and forth?

Yeah, if you don't plan your work out well

you're gonna get pretty frustrated.

And if you have like multiple people working in your shop

it's gonna be annoying.

For the most part it's very rare

where I'm like, dang it, I gotta go back

and now I need to break this down and come back.

So plan your work out well.

I'm usually at one setting for a few hours

before I need to change it,

so it's not this going back and forth, back and forth.

Same with the planer.

It's like, I do all my joining,

flip it up, I do all my planing.

I'm there at that center for 30 minutes or so,

so it doesn't feel like I'm going back and forth a lot.

All right, before I let you guys go

I'm just gonna show you a little jig

that I came up with a while back

that makes slip tenons really easy.

This is the Morley Mortiser.

I'm really bad at naming things,

everything starts with Morley, so not very original.

But the reason I came up with this

was essentially to do slip tenons

and to do it in a very controlled way.

Another nice feature about this

it utilizes these clamps,


which kind of was a bit of a game changer for me.

I've done many different ways,

with holes through it and putting the clamps each way,

but these really hold it nice.

You can move this back and forth to center it,

like so.

And again, like how I work with most things,

everything referenced from a center line,

so you just have crosshairs, and then you can make shims,

move your stops, kind of do the calculation for that.

More about that that kind of goes,

dives a little bit deeper,

like how to set it up, how to make the shims,

there's also a part that goes in here

to reference the center this way,

is on my YouTube channel, Philip Morley Furniture,

it's somewhere in there.

But it's probably just called the Morley Mortiser.

And I kind of go in a little more in-depth about it.

You can buy the plans at

for this jig.

And you can also buy a flat pack version of this

that's made on a CNC.

So check it out.

I'm gonna go ahead, just pop out a mortise real quick.

So the nice thing about this is you have the control,

'cause you're trapped in that guide bushing

that you can actually ramp it,

so you get a really clean mortise.

But yeah, so it works very well.

And I'll say it works just as well with the end grain.

Thanks for checking out my shop

and if you wanna kind of learn more about me

you can go to my website,

And be sure to get yourself the Guide project,

the Morley dining table stroke kitchen table.

And yeah, follow along and you can build this with me,


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