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#1 posted 03-17-2011 08:47 PM

If you change the top of the legs so they have a double mortise that goes through the top you would not need any stretchers at the top at all. You could cut the mortices out before you glue up the top. And, if you have a bandsaw, the tennons would be a piece of cake as well.

I did the legs on my bench a little differently. The legs on my bench are built up laminations of plywood and are 3 1/2” X 4” and sit in 2 1/4” deep mortises in the top. My top is 4 layers of 3/4” plywood banded with maple. The mortises are cut out of 3 layers and the top layer is solid. I poured the mortises 1/4 full of epoxy before I set the legs in there. After the epoxy cured it is solid as a rock. Since most of the material in my bench is plywood I don’t have to be too concerned about expansion.

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