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#1 posted 01-22-2020 02:32 PM

I would say pegged tenons as well might be the best shot for a knock down workbench.

I’ve been working on sketches for knock down saw horses and been planning on using wedged tenons. Of course, my saw horses won’t have to be as sturdy or stiff as a workbench. But, I would think they should still work for you.

I also would think that a pine joint alone would be sturdier than a pine to hardwood joint and the hardwood containing the joint… I would think the hardwood to pine leg joint might end up end grain to end grain and not hold up well. Just design the joint well, make sure there’s enough meat left in the pine to take the stresses.

Of course, you could do some kind of stepped or splined lap joint, maybe? But, it’s gonna start getting complicated quickly.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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