Not much of an update here – but I will start by saying…...I have contemplated many ways of building this bench without dovetailing the apron into the end caps…..but of course I WANT this essentail feature so invested part of my tax return into a proper saw, and now I am committed. I picked up the Lie-Nielsen saw and and as most of you know, it is amazing the difference it makes in cut control.
Before that…....I cut the dado’s into the end caps and they fit the bench nice and snug:
I know I should practice this technique on other material, but I am kind of stubborn that way and have decided that I will publish the results (good or bad) either way. I AM howver looking for any good advice or links on how to properly proceed from here…...(thanks!)
The front apron is 1-3/4” stock (laminated) by 73” long.
The ceiling height in the basement is 7’ to the bottom of the floor joists. For some reason I decided the board had to be vertical to cut my first dovetail joint, so after much trepidation – I choose this spot to cut the first joints – it allowed me to stand on the step stool and get my noggin between the floor joists and actually make a cut:
Here is a view from the ceiling:
My first 2 cuts were not on the mark – in the pic below it is cut 2 and 3 from the right – the rest were improved. I better understand the importance of aligning and correcting early in the cut.
I should add, once I got the rhythm of the saw, it cut sweet, even tho I had 3+ feet of timber flapping in the air.
Looking for any input on good ways to clean out the waste on these thick tails. I did “Get ‘R Done” but probably
not the most efficient way…..
Thats it for now – next step is cutting the pins into (one) end cap and the starting the process all over on the other end.
Would really appreciate any relevant advice on this process…...
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA