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Work Bench Build #3: Tenons on Legs, Mortises in Slab, and bottom board cut out

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 11-30-2012 03:04 AM 4368 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More Plans, Top Slab, and Starting Legs Part 3 of Work Bench Build series Part 4: Leg stretchers, Tool well frame, Top glued, and Wagon vise made »

I was reviewing the number of hours of PTO that I had built up, and realized that I had quite a bit to use up before the end of the year… So I took 2 days off earlier this week, and more or less dedicated them to working on my bench.

I decided to go with angled tenons on the back legs, because the mortises would be easier to cut, and there’s still quite a bit of straight grain left in them anyway. The first one, I started by trying to use the bandsaw that my parents have in their basement. It did not work very well. It just didn’t seem powerful enough, and I had to go really quite slow. I grew tired of that and so abandoned that idea pretty quickly. I resorted to cutting them by hand, which worked significantly better.

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For the second angled tenon, I hadn’t started trying to cut that one on the band saw, so I didn’t have an existing kerf to put the tenon saw in. So… I improvised. I clamped a cut off from the other tenon onto the other leg, so I’d have something to bear against while starting the cut. This was useful because otherwise I’d have to start a cut on the corner of the leg. Not very much fun.

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Then I turned my attention to the front legs. These were pretty standard tenons.

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And here they are all standing in a row (bum bum bum.. big ones small ones SOME AS BIG AS YOUR HEAD!)

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Again, this is where I get more into what I’m doing than taking pictures… I used my corded drill with a forstner bit to remove most of the waste in the mortise on the back mortise, and cut to depth on the ends then chiseled out the waste on the front mortise.

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Here we have one side done :-)

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Then I did the same treatment on the other side, doing marginally better with pictures.

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For this one, I switched to the bit and brace. I liked that way a lot more… I felt I had better control, though it left more waste to chop out. That’s alright though, as I remembered to bring my mortise chisels this time…

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Then I did the front notch like before. Again foregoing the picture taking. But I was proud of this fit. Keep in mind this is a notch in the top, and not a through tenon. So all the weight is supported on a 2.75” thick section, and is held in place by the fit from the sides alone.

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So with all 4 mortises done, it was time to clamp it all up and see what we had.

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Starting to take shape nicely.

In my design, I have a 3.5” front apron (2×4 of Red Oak) and the top slab is only 2.75” thick. So I am going to be adding a 3/4” piece of red oak to the bottom to get the thickness the same as the apron. The other reason for this was to gain a little more depth for the tool tray bottom.

I cut notches for where the legs were going to be

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And that’s where I left it after 2 days of working on it.

The only other thing I’ve got is I had my music box set up for some tunes, and some time lapse.

Images are on 1-minute intervals. First part is Monday, and when the camera angle changes is when Tuesday starts.


As always, thanks for following along :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 03:18 AM

Looks like a good couple of days progress. You are looking at a big upgrade from the old workmate. Good work, nice pics.

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 03:23 AM

Looking good, Chris. You’re gonna love that bench when you’re all done. Love that time lapse, too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 03:31 AM

Outstanding, love the time lapsed photography!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 04:57 AM

Thanks guys. The workmate is starting to tremble…

The time lapse is sort of how the music box idea came around. It went from “I should use a web cam to do time lapse off an old netbook” to “I could build a small computer with built in screen” to “I could add speakers and play music from it” and then I ended up with what I’ve got. I don’t use the time lapse very often, but it’s fun to watch when I do :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 05:02 AM

Chris the bench is looking great! Huge amount of progress. The time lapse is simply brilliant. Thanks for the efforts; i am really enjoying your work.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 01:14 PM

awesome

-- Joel

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 02:07 PM

very nice. I’m with Smitty, love the time lapsed photography!

Bench looks great to!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 11-30-2012 02:15 PM

I was really waiting for the “Ta Da” pose at the end Mos. Looking great so far buddy!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 11-30-2012 02:24 PM

Looking great! Wow, you’re a fast worker, too, Mos…

Thanks for taking the time for the photos…teaches new guys like me more and more!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 11-30-2012 02:40 PM

Great blog Mos, I found the same thing when I tried to use my 14” bandsaw for my tenons, It was much more accurate to use the hand saw.

Good idea with the added board to the bottom but what are you going to do with those notches you have cut out in the tool well?

The time-lapse photos were pretty cool tool, nice touch.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 11-30-2012 02:43 PM

I was really waiting for the “Ta Da” pose

Priceless!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#12 posted 11-30-2012 03:47 PM

Thanks everyone. Ta Da pose… can I claim I did one, but couldn’t hold it for a minute so I missed when the web cam took the time lapse picture? :-P
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Mauricio, I will be [eventually] trimming down the bottom piece so it doesn’t extend quite as far beyond the back. I’m then going to cut a rabbet of 1/4” or so, and then a groove in the back tool tray apron piece 1/2” off the bottom.

The intent (and I will be experimenting) is to shave off the top part of the groove so that the face angles to the bottom of the groove.

This way I can still remove the bottom with out removing the tool tray supports. This will allow me to easily clean out the tool tray (with out dust risers) and also remove it to put on top rails for increasing the top size when I need it.

There’s still experimenting to be had as to the exact mechanics of the removable tool tray, so we’ll see. That’s why I haven’t ripped the bottom to width yet.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#13 posted 11-30-2012 03:48 PM

Wow, that’s quite a piece of engineered lumber if you pull it off! I like the concept totally.

A 1-minute Ta-Da pose… that’s funny stuff, there. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#14 posted 11-30-2012 03:51 PM

it will be almost like making moulding lol That picture isn’t 100% accurate, as the angle would be as close as I can get it with out binding too much taking the bottom out. Then there would be a rabbet on the top, so the tool well bottom can sit flush with the bench top…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#15 posted 11-30-2012 04:02 PM

Makes sense Chris. That will be pretty cool. Cant wait to see it come together.

I’ve got to finish mine…

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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