The dead man for this bench (its an Aide to hold the bottom of your stock to help when your working on it) fits in the front of the table. Ill cover making the rail for it next time but if your going to add it later it will be painful.
You need it to float between the lower stretcher and the top.. to do that you mill it with a tongue on the inside and a “track” on the bottom.. the top looks like and “L” and the bottom like a inverted “V”. this lets you replace it with JIGS and such you might like or just for wear and tear.
Anyway the Dead man is 1 1/4” thick so I needed to dado out a channel 5/8’ths near the edge of the table front edge.
What I did was put blue tape on my TS that showed the start and end of the DADO blade. Then I struck a line and moved it over the top of the front of the leg just near the mortise. Looked like this.
Then we slid the slab to the other end and repeated it..
This is a very deep Dado it needs to be 1.5” deep so we made three passes on it.
Here is what we did.
With the bladed lowered (stacked Dado King set to 5/8” ) you slide your front end till it aligns with the “Front tape on the Saw and the Slab” Then you Turn the saw blade up to .5” of the cut and lower it down. Repeat .5” at a time till its done then I choped out the ends till they were flush with the legs… the Dead Man is shaped like a cute gal! You pull the sides in a bit so that you won’t have it get stuck next to a leg…
Next post will be dry fitting all the legs in the top so that accurate stretchers can be milled.
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