Spent a bit of the weekend doing some tenons. Fat, long tenons. Completely by hand. Not because I had some burning desire to do them by hand, but because I’m not confident in any setup I could jury rig for putting tenons on the ends of 5’ 5 1/4” timbers. I’ve gotten 3 of the 4 tenons done. The two completed on the back rail are 2” long, 1” thick and about 3 1/2” wide. The front rail tenons are only 3/4” long, but about 2 1/2” thick by 3 1/2” long, one has been done, the other still needs to be done. You can see the one that’s been completed sticking up in the background of the first pic.
I promised pics last time, so here’s a pair. The first pic is of the two rear legs and the lower stretcher (aka “back rail”). It’s not glued up, I’ll be using Benchcrafted’s bench bolts, and haven’t drilled the back legs or stretcher for ‘em yet. That’ll happen this week or the upcoming weekend. The bench the “assembly” is standing on is 6’ long.
The second pick is the chop. I haven’t shaped the chop to “pleasing to my eye” form yet. The leg that the vise will be attached to can be seen in the first pic, it’s identifiable by a metal plate in a mortise.
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