Roubo-ish Workbench #4: fitting dovetail tenons, coming together

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Blog entry by John posted 01-20-2013 06:32 PM 1240 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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cut the tenons oversized, then fit the first half inch or so, then pare back from there. fitting much better than the first two which I tried to cut to exact size. luckily those were the back legs; the front legs fit very nicely

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she’s coming together!

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thanks for looking

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 06:41 PM

Working on the same joint right now. I don’t have a good back saw, so I totally cheated and made the angled cuts on the tablesaw before laminating the two outside boards on the top. Then I chisel em out. Just starting the legs.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 06:49 PM

that’s smart big red! the first two I cut with a Japanese pull saw and the blade wandered. the fronts I cut with a panel saw and the thicker plate makes a difference, nice and straight

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 07:31 PM

That’s going to be one fine bench!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 08:41 PM

stick a couple shims in the back ones, nobody will ever know…..... Well, besides being posted on the internet :-)

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 08:32 PM

this is looking great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 08:33 PM

yes…shims are good…and consider some paste wax on the tenon to help slide the tight fitting joint in…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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