building a bench and stuff #2: Stretchers and how I assembled

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Blog entry by TheFridge posted 05-19-2015 01:33 AM 1228 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off with some cypress jointed and planed for the stretchers with a loose idea of what I wanted to do. I was originally hoping to do a “loopy” sort of deal (like the loopy infill), but I’d need to invest in a router guide bushing set and make or buy some templates and bits. In the end, I just did this

Which translates to this.

After milling the stretchers and the dados in the legs, I went ahead and glued the legs in first. Then the stretchers. Then a little purpleheart inlay because I had to use it on something.
The pics kinda cut off on the right side, but rest assured, it’s pretty much the same as the left.

I made some Boo boos. Like transferring the wrong measurements to a short stretcher and cutting them to short. But I had enough 2×6 cypress to mill another so I wasn’t that big of a deal, but I really wanted that piece for one of the most visible stretchers. ID have to say, It’s comin along better than I could’ve hoped. Thanks for looking. All comments, even douchy ones, are welcome.

Next up: building the end vise

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#1 posted 05-20-2015 12:16 AM

I love the look and your joinery is very nice!

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#2 posted 05-20-2015 01:51 AM

Indeed, nice joinery. That bit of inlay is a slick touch.

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#3 posted 05-20-2015 01:53 AM

Fridge—Your bench top is WAY cool! The joinery is different than other top—> leg connections but I like the way you put yours together.

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 01:54 AM

Thanks guys. Just wanted to try something different:)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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