part 5 fitting the stretchers.

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Blog entry by joedillon posted 01-02-2016 08:33 PM 855 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For me the stretchers would make or break the bench, if measured, cut and positioned incorrectly it introduce an instability in the bench and or make it next to unusable.
I wanted them as heavy as possible so they ended up being 100*100mm.
I clamped all the legs to the bench top and placed the stretchers against the legs and marked each on against its corresponding legs.
I used the same mortice gauge to mark the tenons, scribed the shoulders with a knife and went to work cutting the shoulders and cheeks, again I cleaned up the shoulders with a chisel.
The mortices were 80mm deep, 33mm wide, again I hogged out the waste with a 32mm speed bit and cleaned the shoulders with a sharp 2” chisel.
I constantly checked the walls and depth of the mortices with a combination square for depth and squareness, pairing where needed.
I kept the stretchers 75mm of the ground.
I’ve photo documented this build on instagram @joedillon

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