After a good day in the library, i decided to reward myself by gluing up one leg (it’s the only one with all 3 pieces dimensioned properly). I opted for the Schwarz’s gluing up accoutrement (part of a multi-grain cheerio box in my case) rather than my roller, as i didn’t want to wash it up after one use. Jury’s still out on the method. I did dare to change one piece of his advice, though, and i am throwing it out there for other beginners who find making jigs more intimidating and overwhelming than the piece (that being said, in the slideshow you will see a little-does it count as a jig?-in order to plane the leg boards. Worth it!). Instead of making little tenon offcuts to nail to the leg in order to keep the boards from sliding about during glue-up, i opted for my wooden handscrew.
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It involves no cutting straight pieces, going to buy more pieces, no nail-gunning the thing to the leg (i can’t afford a nail gun! i’m a student!), and the clamp’s edges are perfectly straight. I thought i would be posting on here that it was a big mistake…but it worked fine. It’s a more intuitive solution, i think; much simpler. Maybe i’m missing something, but it worked fine, and i expended much less energy. In fact, this was a step i had been putting off because i was afraid of the whole offcut tenon process. Pretty absurd!
I decided to maybe use my holdfast in an experimental hole i drilled on what will be the offcut side of my bench:
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It doesn’t work like the one i used when i cut dovetails with Chuck Bender! The hole seems the right size…could it be bc the surface is uneven?
-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor