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My First Blog - My First Workbench #3: The Stretchers

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Blog entry by manilaboy posted 05-11-2008 11:46 PM 774 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Everyone,

Nice to see you again. Welcome to the third part of my series. I’ve noticed that I am getting many reads. OK I stand corrected. I mean views. :-) I hope you find it interesting. I am dedicating this series to all the beginners out there. I hope that this may serve as an inspiration to you that it can be done. A few basic tools and a lot of determination and resolve would do it. Ok enough of the rant and on with the work.

After completing the M & T work on the legs, I thought it is not that difficult at all. It is well within my realm. I thought why not raise the ante to make it even more exciting. I decided to make a pocket screwed double mortise/tenon joint for the stretchers.

I layed out the lines on the legs. The mortises are 1 1/4” long 3/4” wide and 1” deep. I think. And again, used my router with an edge guide. I then placed the necessary stops and plunged away. I was too busy with the job at hand that I forgot to take pictures how i did it :-( ....

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I then transferred the layout lines to the stretchers as in the picture above. With a speed square clamped on the workpiece, aligned the tip of the bit with the lay out line and chewed most of the waste out. I then used a hacksaw to cut close to the line….

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Then chiseled out the waste on the middle. (Does anybody know what to call that part?).

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Here is how it looks after taking most of the waste out …..

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I then rounded out the corners with a chisel and sandpaper…...

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Voila! I now have a double mortise and tenon joint….

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I then dry-fitted the legs and the stretchers. I am sorry. I again forgot to take pictures. Rest assured it really did happen. It’s tough to be the actor, the director and the crew. ;-) Marked the holes where the bolt will pass through and drilled the hole…..

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Because my bit is not long enough to reach the pocket hole in the stretcher, I drilled to maximum depth disassembled the legs and the stretchers and continued on …..

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So far, so good. Hope to see you again in my next installment.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"



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GaryK

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 11:49 PM

I just call it the waste.

Ituloy mo ang iyong magandang gawain!!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-12-2008 01:31 AM

This is still looking pretty good.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 05-17-2008 02:57 AM

Very nice work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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