Holtzapffel workbench project #5: base joinery

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Blog entry by martin007 posted 09-23-2008 03:46 PM 5423 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: question about the mortise and tenon joinery Part 5 of Holtzapffel workbench project series Part 6: bench completed »

Hi all

Before I made the base joinery, I planned the top and it’s end grain

the circular saw on one side, the flush bit for the rest

I got some hobby time lately and was able to make all mortises and tenons for the base.

I used the drill press for the mortises, it is not as clean as a routed mortise but it is quiet and I can do them while the kids are asleep, which is when I get most of my shop time. I used a chisel afterward to flatten the wavy wall.

The tenons where done using the table saw for the short shoulders and the bandsaw for the wide shoulders. The bandsaw has the advantage to leave a somewhat cleaner surface, plus it is hooked to my dust collector.

I didn’t square the mortises and I used my chisel to round the tenons

Then I dry assembled the bench and rout the chamfers

I just had to put the top on the base and show it off to my girlfriend

next things to do, drawbore the legs joint and mortise the top. I don’t have any alignment pins so I am little nervous about that. I will wax the pegs and hope. If I understand correctly, if the joint are already a good fit and you drawbore it 3/32. Then this means that the peg takes all the stress and to find its way in, it will need to bend towards the shoulder then outwards without breaking. right??

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#1 posted 09-23-2008 04:03 PM

Let us have a look at the girl friend too

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#2 posted 09-23-2008 07:17 PM

Nice – I am building a workbench myself but using plywood and MDF – not too elaborate – Why the chamfers? Is it for looks or does it make dinging the edges less likely? I have seen this in several workbenches. Thanks.

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#3 posted 09-23-2008 07:25 PM

Endgrain, I guess it does protect the bench’s edges and also your work piece is you ever bang the bench with it. But I put them on mostly for the look.

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#4 posted 09-23-2008 07:33 PM

Hey GMman, here she is :o)

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Tony Z

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 01:50 AM

lol. Your girlfriend’s hot. I get most of my shop time in when the kids are asleep too. With my ” quiet ” tools. Unfortunatley, when they are ready for bed, so am I. Sometimes I have to force myself to go down there and have fun.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#6 posted 09-24-2008 02:19 AM

Gotta love those Hotzapffels! Nice workage. We’ll be watching.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 09-24-2008 10:07 PM

You’re making great progress on this Martin, I remain firmly in the slow lane :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 04:41 AM

Damian, I just looked at your blog on your workbench and it looks real nice. Although I have 2 kids (5 year and 7 year), I am able to woodwork an average of one hour per week night and a few hours per weekend.

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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