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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 09-10-2011 12:56 AM 1308 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2011 12:56 AM

I am in the process of building a maple workbench and need an opinion. I am adding a 4” apron to the front of the top and thought I would use a single piece of walnut but after looking at the pile I want to save all I have left for another project. I do have some pieces of maple left over that can be fit and attached. The top is just over 80” long and I have 3 pieces that I can use for the apron. I can cut the ends of the pieces at 45 degrees and possibly add a few biscuits or I could use a scarf joint. Which do you think would be better? The apron will run the entire length of the bench and will have 3/4” holes drilled for dog holes. I am leaning toward the scarf.

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 01:22 AM

of the 2, I’d lean toward the scarf joint to.

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 04:16 AM

My bench has an apron made up of several pieces of cherry on the front. They
are butt jointed. You can make a birdsmouth on the short side easily enough,
or dovetail the flush ends if you want. Lots of options. The choice is pretty
much decorative.

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 04:48 AM


When you say “apron”, I presume you are talking about the “skirting” that goes all the way around the bench to cover up the raw edges of the top…..Aprons are what goes between the legs, usually with mortise and tenon joints, for the top to rest on. I think that whichever way you go, either the scarf or the 45’s, will look good…. You are leaning towards the scarf, so I’d say go for it….Personally I like the 45 miters, but that’s just me…..

EDIT: A few days ago there was some discussion on here about aprons, skirting, and the definitions of both.

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