Dirt Cheap Workbench Build #2: Apron, Legs, & stretchers.

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Blog entry by 12strings posted 01-27-2014 01:45 PM 3139 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Gluing up the top & starting the legs Part 2 of Dirt Cheap Workbench Build series Part 3: Vices, End caps, and flattening »

Next up is the apron on the front. As I noted before, I will not be having a lower front stretcher, so this apron will need to combat racking forces.

Glued on with some dowels to help with alignment and strength.

Legs are through-tenoned into the top. (Mortises were left during the top-glue-up process).

And here are a few pics of the half-lap dovetails joining various stretchers to the legs:

The legs at this point are only about the thickness of a 2×4, but they will be doubled later.

And here is a shot of the end of the benchshowing where the end-cap will go. It will be grooved to recieve this stub tenon, and also dovetailed into the front apron, and bolted to the end, to resist the forces of the wagon vise.

Here you can see the legs with their doubled pieces added to beaf them up (not trimmed smooth yet).

Here you can see me working on the large half-lap dovetails for the rear lower stretcher…I can use the bench and one pipe clamp for this step, and get a feel for how it might be using the front vise once it’s finished:

And lastly, a preview of the double-pipe-clamp face vise…Without the chop (I haven’t made that yet).

Here’s a shot of the whole thing so far. I can use it now, using the one bench dog I have made, but there are still lots to do:
-trim the leg pieces flush with each other
-flatten the top
-permanently install a rear stretcher (it is only screwed on now temporarily)
-Install end-caps and rear tool well.
-make front vise chop
-drill series of holes in apron to support long pieces.
-Install wagon vise
-Decide on a final height. It may be a bit tall right now, but i wanted to err on that side and chop it down later if I decide to.

Thanks for looking! I should have at least 1-2 more installments in this series to get the bench done.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 02:47 PM

Great bench with nice joinery, good job 12 strings!

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