handtool workbench #11: Leg assemblies dryfit and a mockup

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 11-13-2015 08:01 AM 669 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Chopping leg mortices Part 11 of handtool workbench series Part 12: Putting it all together - part 1 »

So i think i left off working on tenons. I worked on marking all of them out after posting last entry.

Got two of them ready for first leg assembly. And after a lot of paring and beating about i got it together. It is nowhere near perfect cosmetically, but solid on a functional level.

Then i went to bed.

Got up this past morning, and worked on rough sizing of tenons for next assembly. I hadn’t gotten mortices done on other 2 legs but had marked them out. After my experience chopping out the mortices on first set, i tried a different method for this pair.

A little bit and brace action..

Not much use to take pictures of this. I had marked all locations for top and bottom of mortice and the centerline to locate the auger bit.

This went a bit quicker than chopping, but had to make sure i kept 90 degrees in three directions. Horizontal, left/right, fore/aft. Only ended off mark once. Turn till tip poked through backside, then flip and finish through.

So i ended up with this..

Took a LOT of persueding to knock it together, have a few concerns about taking back apart for finishwork then final.assembly.

But will worry about that a bit later, time to do a mockup so i can work on other joinery. And also get an idea how bench will look.

Things be a bit tight in shop, need to move everything out onto carport tomorrow.

Marked out aprons for dados and also see how endvice will fit after i mount it. Double check later after carport setup.

Originally planned on both legs being 9” in from both ends. But looks like i will need to move the right leg assembly in ~13”.

More to come later..

- trim top and aprons down to final length
- chop out bottom of slab for endvice mount
- dado aprons and remove a bit of leg assemblies to flush aprons to front of legs.
- disassemble leg assemblies, champher all edges, finetune mortice/tenons, figure out legvice mount.

Thanks for stopping by again.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 11:51 AM

It’s coming along well Tug. What’s the plan for the leg vise?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 01:38 PM

Lots left but the end is in sight Tug ! Good show you’re putting on..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 02:22 PM

Progress. Nice job on the thru mortises.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 02:49 PM

Solid work! You’ll be laying out dog holes soon.

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

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 03:38 PM

Nice job on the mortises. I found out on my tool box that it was a lot easier and more accurate to drill the waste out before chopping.
That is going to be a very nice bench.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 11-14-2015 11:55 AM

It s coming along well Tug. What s the plan for the leg vise?

- theoldfart

trying to figure that out still Kevin, i really want to incorporate chain guide but it really isnt in the budget, guess i will do a workaround until i can swing it. Bottom of my lower tenon is 5” from the floor, wish i had moved it up higher but guess i overthought it in design and in turn left myself in a tight spot.

any input or thoughts would be appreciated, as my mind can only do so much!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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