WorkBench #3: Base just about ready for glue up

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Blog entry by grimt posted 06-15-2009 09:09 AM 1275 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while but I finally finished the last tenon on the long rails. I couldn’t wait to dry assemble so I could get an idea of how it will look.

Here is a photo of the base:


The next picture is the base plus one of the pieces for the top. This showed me how high the bench will be.

workbench with top

Using the heel of the hand measuring technique the bench sits just right which makes it a wee bit high as I want to add some feet. I’ll just need to make the feet 10mm and have the bench sitting a tad tall.

Now for my dilemma:

I’m wondering whether I should draw-pin the tenons? The surface area for glue is enormous for each tenon but I am aware that the bench will get a pounding over the years and my tendency is to rush towards the finish which I’m trying not to do here . Any opinions will be gratefully received.

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 12:29 PM

i would drawbore the tenons. that is what i am doing on my bench and i am actually not even using glue just drawboreing them because it will hold. but having both it ideal. because the pins will hold those joints in forever and youre not gonna get them apart without a saw.

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 03:49 PM

I agree about drawboring.

It’s a technique I use frequently, particularly on freshly-riven (wet) red oak, and the joints remain tight while the wood cures.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 03:54 PM

At the risk of committing heresy, I suggest you might also consider using bolts with barrel nuts. You would still have the strength of the tenons, and you would then be able to tighten things up later if necessary. It would then also be possible for the bench to be disassembled when desired.

Whichever way you chose to do it, I think you did a great job on that base. I’m sure you will have an outstanding bench to work on in the future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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