Drawbore all the things

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Project by Wintergreen78 posted 03-05-2020 12:20 AM 940 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two quick and dirty projects. A new bench and a breadboard. I hadn’t done drawbored tenons before, so I used those on both of these. Both of them were from left-over lumber from other projects.

The bench was a good exercise in doing angled joints. Almost everything I do has right angles, so I had to think for a minute to make sure I didn’t mess up the cuts on the legs. Clamping the legs was kind of fussy. I saved the off-cuts to use as blocks, but they still wanted to slide around, so I screwed the joints together with some little screws I had nearby to help hold the legs in place. Then I clamped over the screws. After the joint dried I removed the screws and drilled out for oak pegs. It feels pretty solid to me so I don’t think I’ll put braces on the legs under the top.

The cutting board isn’t glued, except for a little glue on the walnut pegs. Fitting the two tenons on each side went pretty well. I marked the mortise out to the exact width of my chisel. In the future I might mark it a little bit wider for through tenons so I can pare to the line and be sure I get a real clean edge. Of course, that means I’ll need to get a narrower chisel so I can still match the tenon width to the groove from my plow plane.

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#1 posted 03-05-2020 12:29 AM

These are great, I love the bench. You inspire me to try it myself.

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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#2 posted 03-05-2020 01:31 AM

the bench looks good. Did you build it from plans?

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#3 posted 03-05-2020 01:59 AM

It’s basically a bench Chris Schwarz posted in an article somewhere. I didn’t follow his plans exactly, but used that general idea and the 10 degree splay and 20” overall height he recommended. I just ripped the legs out of some 8/4 stock I had, so they are however thick they ended up after I ripped and planed them. So, each one is a little bit different in size. I did the bottom shelf a little simpler too.

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#4 posted 03-05-2020 01:34 PM

Nice work. The bench will be very useful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-05-2020 09:08 PM

Great practice with the joinery here, I like the saw bench a lot. I appreciate the reference in the title, too.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-06-2020 02:49 AM

Nice colors. You should be pleased.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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