I finally got some time to work on the beams and the legs yesterday. I got all 4 of the legs glued up finally and started on doing the Mortising for the legs, I am doing this mostly by hand and it ain’t easy that is for sure. I finished the tenons on the beams, I used a dado blade to cut them, It was about two inches for the tenon by 1/8 depth, so the thickness was 3/8’s. then I used a drill and a hand jigsaw to cut the mortises, not a very neat and clean way to do it for sure. I finished up with using a rasp to get the tenons in, there was some break out on the wood but not too bad and it will be hidden by the beam itself.
I also picked up a spoke shave, I wanted to shave the outer portion of the legs half round with a curvature in the middle, I am doing this all by hand without specs, I hope most of it turns out equal or thereabouts. I got the first one completed and Wow I have to say it is really nice looking, I don’t know If I trimmed out enough on the leg. it’s really nice looking but I am afraid it might be too thick. the legs are 2×2 square and I am making the curvature on the outer part of the leg, the tenon goes thru there but I will shave it too, to match the curvature of the leg.
Tomorrow I will be doing more work on the beams and legs, I want to get those complete.
Next step the braces for the bench top. these will be attached to the bench via screws and to the beams via Sliding dove tail.
yesterday I made the second leg and used a dial caliper and a level as tools to match up the correct curvature of the second leg, it worked pretty good the legs are almost an exact match.
Yesterday I make the second beam and the other two legs but one of the legs turned out to be pretty crooked, so today I made up a new piece for a new leg I always llet the glue set up over night so I wont be working on it again til next weekend hopefully sooner. after I get the leg made up I am going to start on the bench supports, those will be attached from the bench to the beams via sliding dove taiil I am pretty nervous about doing this part, I will definitely be practicing on a couple of pieces of wood first for sure !
-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska