Hey all! It’s been a bit since I posted my last progress on this workbench, but thats not to say I haven’t been working on it. Since the last time, I managed to do some more work on the legs to get them ready to accept the rails and panels for the sides of the bench. Remember those Douglas Fir posts that I posted I think in my first blog? Well I resawed a couple of those to use for the panels, really nice wood!
The posts were thick enough to get 3 full 1” boards out of them, but not 4. So for these 1” thick panels, I used two bookmatched sets each. Gives it an interesting look I think. Once the panels were glued up, I sanded them flat and cut a rabbet at the bottom to fit in the rails. The legs themselves will act as the stiles.
Here are the rails cut with the groove to accept the panel. I cut the tennon on the ends. On the top rails, I cut another groove that will help hold it to the top with table top clips, one of the few metal components that will be on this bench. I put a nice roundover profile, not only because it looks nice but because less dust / shavings will settle on the lower rail that way.
And here are the matching grooves and mortises on the inside of the legs to accept the panel and rails.
On the bottom of the leg on the right (this is the one that will have the leg vise) you see the large notch I cut to house the lower sliding guide for the vise. We’ll see more about that later.
Here are the side panels assembled with the legs. At this point everything is just dry fit together. I will be gluing and drawboring all the peices together, except skipping the glue where it will cause issues with wood movement of course.
The last thing I did was to cut a bevel on the bottom of each leg, around all four edges. Given it’s heft, this bench won’t be moving much, but when it does, I don’t want to have wood splitting out on the bottom of the legs…. This prevents that, and gives it a nice visual touch too.
Well thats about all for now. I’d love to hear your comments, questions and critiques!
See ya next time!!
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