My first big build, and what a journey it's been. Yet another workbench. #3: The legs, the frame and a whole bunch of joinery

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Blog entry by Lind posted 08-31-2015 10:27 PM 2771 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The top felt really solid and I was starting to get a feeling for the weight I’d eventually end up with. I wanted to fix my mistake with the tenon walls I’d sawn prior to the assembly so I could fit the breadboards:

I decided to just chop it out with a sharp chisel. I enjoyed this process a lot, which was fortunate considering that I spent the better part of a weekend putting the bottom together and attaching it to the top. Safe to say I got to hone both my chiseling and my sharpening skills ;)

The result was some tight joints and some not so tight ones, but overall I was very satisfied. The reason for the one double tenon is that the leg adjecent to the tail vise was angled 90% degress compared to the other legs in order to give more surface area for the vise:

This leg was supposed to be offset by about 2 inches to avoid the threaded rod, but I didn’t realize my mistake till I was halfway through the table top (talk about tunnelvision.. I mean the rod is right there, dammit!) so I came up with this work around. Not ideal, but it was a quick fix and I was confident that it would be strong enough anyway:

After a lot of joinery, a couple of dry fits and some adjustment I was able to do glue the top and the legs together. I had some trouble with this too, but nowhere near as bad as what I described in my previous post. But I did have to work it quite hard with my (new) mallet as well as the clamps to get it together. It’s worth noting that all the joints are supported by 4 and 6 inch bolts. They obviously add some structural integrity, but I hadn’t considered just how useful they’d be for the dry assemblies and the glue ups. I highly recommend this process for a workbench build, especially if you don’t own a lot of clamps:

-- He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat

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