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#1 posted 02-22-2017 04:14 AM

It looks good. I really like the character of the wood and the look of the finish.

All your pics are from the stretcher sides. I assume there is an apron on the other sides not shown. I see that the stretchers are attached with pocket screws. How are the aprons attached to the legs?

Given the apparent size of these joints, I would agree with Bondo that perhaps the stretchers aren’t needed, but they don’t hurt.

If the leg to apron joints were traditional mortise and tenon, then I’m sure a stretcher isn’t needed. But, I’m assuming they are are butt joints with pocket screws. If so, it will likely work well for a long time, but won’t ultimately hold up like an M&T joint would. Those pocket screws may need tightening if the wood dries out.

Since you got the wood from a barn, I assume you have a lot more of it. That wood has a lot of character, and if you didn’t this time, consider M&T joints on the next project. With M&T you’d have something that will last generations.

Regardless of the details, it looks great.

-- Clin

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