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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 01:52 AM

Hey Brad,

Just some random thoughts:

1. Levelers are the way to go. I think that it highly unlikely that you would get the cut for all the legs correct (I know I wouldn’t be able to).

2. Why the aversion to fasteners? There is often a place for everything and this appears to be it.

3. Without knowing the dimensions the bench looks massive. When you move out of your current home, how are you going to move it? Will you be able to dissamble it into major components? Fasteners can permit this to some degree.

4. Where are you going to put your woodworking vise?

5. Most of the joints are well thought out and you shouldn’t have any problems. You might want to reevaluate the joint with the dowels though. You will get very little strength from gluing end grain to long grain, so that joint will be completely reliant on the dowel. Mortise and tennon would be far superior, though more work. If mortise and tennon joints are not going to happen, you mught consider using more than one dowel—3 or possibly 4 dowels. With only one dowel there is nothing to prevent the cross member from spinning.

6. You might want to consider getting rid of the inside corner leg. I’m interpreting your original post that the main bench will be six feet long and the side wing will be 2 feet long. It’s big, but not so massive that the structure couldn’t handle it.

7. If you are going to use dimensional lumber (2×4, 26, etc.) keep in mind that big box lumber is very wet and will twist and turn more than a politician under oath.

8. There is a great workbench thread here on LJ you might peruse.

Good luck and post pictures.


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