I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to put the top together. This did not go without it’s fair share of oh sh#t moments one of which almost had me starting the whole thing over almost.. But I’m getting ahead of myself..
I had planned to use pegs instead of bolts. I am trying to keep the number of mechanical fasteners to a minimum on this so lets have a go at it..
Marked out the location of the peg holes and drilled just the end caps..
Then fitted them and marked the hole locations on the tenons..
After they were marked I marked slightly inboard of that mark to suck the ends up nice and tight to the bench top. I drilled these out all but one hole slightly elongated to allow for expansion.. I might have f’d that away but we will see how it goes..
After that I drilled for the pegged dovetails. I chose to peg these as well as glue them because of how loose they are from my stunning handy work..
This required some specialized equipment lol..
Then cut and shaped some pegs and went to work gluing this up..
Which went fine until I was pounding the peg into the front left corner dovetail. I wasn’t paying attention to the bottom of the dovetail until I heard a crack split noise ( we all know that noise ) .. apparently something had shifted quite a bit since I drilled the hole and the bottom hole did not line up with the rest and I had beat the peg straight into the bottom pin splitting it off of the endcap.
After unleashing a flurry of profanities I quickly cut the bottom of the peg flush with the bottom tail and glued up the split before it completely let go of the endcap.
This…. I did not get pictures of but it glued up relatively seamlessly and since it is not on the wagon vise end I am not too worried about it.
So after letting my heart get back into my chest I finished up the pegs and cut some shims for the dovetails..
Just needed a few LOL!
After those dried I flush cut the dt’s with the bench and couldn’t resist trying it with the legs on.
Pretty exciting to get it to this point.
But I still have a ways to go before I am allowed to use it for anything…
Gotta keep the eyes on the prize and not get distracted lol..
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"