Building a new workbench #5: Half-lapping the side rails

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 02-12-2009 09:44 PM 6413 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last night I got to put in a few hours on the bench project. I’ve been working on half-lapping the side rails. First marked out the dovetails then I cut them on the band saw. The upper stretcher is a full half-lapped dovetail and the bottom rails has a half-lapped dovetail only on the bottom side. The top side gets a wedge pin to complete the dovetail.


After I had the dovetails cut I cut the shoulders with a hand saw then I headed over to the table saw where I used my dado head to clean out the waste.


Then I took a chisel and cleaned off the remaining support pieces and then used a rasp to clean up the faces and true up the edges of the dovetails.


Tonight hopefully I’ll mark out the corresponding dovetail sockets on the legs and then clean them out. When that’s done I should have a usable base!

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 09:48 PM

Nice looking! Keep up the good work.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 10:27 PM

THose are some huge and good looking dovetails you have there….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 10:35 PM

esplendid work!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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