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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 4331 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Richforever

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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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sIKE

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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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