Typically in a bench top slab the mortises are either sawn and/or chiseled out of a laminated slab. I used another approach. In the following photos you can see more easily that the mortises are “constructed” by, in my case, laminating 1” boards together that were first cut to create a mortise.
Here’s a closer look at the wedge and dovetail tenons on my bench.
This photo shows the tenons before the legs were laminated together.
After glue up.
This photo is taken from behind a leg and shows the mortise for the wedged tenon.
And after completion.
In this top view photo you can see the lines of the three rows of 1” boards.
I wish I could take credit for this approach, but I borrowed it from David Barron's Blog post dated August 26, 2013. (You will have to scroll through other posts to get to the August 26th posting.)
There are some challenges to this approach but the way I see it mistakes are easier to recover from with this approach. Well, that’s what I’ve heard anyway. ;-)
Next up, our man Danish Oil.
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