3 Day Bench Build Blog #1: Day 1: Building the Base

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Blog entry by jcwalleye posted 05-31-2011 03:11 AM 2569 reads 8 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Spent a good chunk of the day dimensioning the materials, 1st one edge on the jointer, then to the table saw, back to the jointer for two adjacent edges, and then through the planer.

Got some good help from Larry here.

The legs are nice & straight.

And then glued up.

Found some curly maple that I experimented with but that’s another story.

Here’s all the material machined down to rough size.

Started making the mortises with a drill a chisel.

But the square mortising bit did a better job so finished with it.

Cut the tenons at the table saw but didn’t get any pictures of that.

Dry fit the base and found out I was out of square by about 1/16”.

Traced it to the shoulder of the top rail so back to the table saw to cut the shoulder back 1/32” on each side.

Drill for the drawbore, with scrap backing up the inside of the mortis to prevent blowout.

Lined everything up square and tight and used a brad point drill bit to mark the location to drill on the tenon.

Used a pencil to highlight the mark.

And then an awl to make a starter hole 1/32” to 1/16” closer to the shoulder in the tenon. This has the effect of drawing the joint tighter when the 3/8” dowel is pounded in.

The 3/8” dowels were a little tighter than I was comfortable with, so pounded them through the teeth of a set of pliers. That worked great, they were still nice & tight and there was room for glue.

Another dry test fit, this time of the whole base assembly. Everything is still nice and square. Here the base is on it’s back.

Chamfered the bottom and, rounded over the legs, drilled the dog holes, and sanded the legs.

The base is ready for assembly.

That’s enough for today.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 04:56 AM

crazy, I might be able to get 4 legs surfaced and cut to size in one day, maybe. and they still probably wouldn’t be that straight and flat. I guess a full shop with the tools set up helps.

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