Hello friends. After more failure with the wooden screws I decided to order some dust collection attachments for the router and order some more maple dowels. While I waited for those to come in I worked on the top and legs. Here is a quick pictorial tour of my progress.
Flattened the top. This is the first real workout for the #7! Worked great.
Square edges, stool as board jack. First real workout for the #5 to. I love it, it really gets the work done fast!
I decided a 2.5” top looked to skinny in proportion to my legs, so I beefed up the front edge.
This is how it should look when done.
So I glued on some more wood to beefed up the front 3.5” of the front. The finished thickness is about 3.5”. The legs will mortise directly into this thicker part so its more than just an apron.
I cut my tenons by hand, I seem to remember that this workbench was my excuse for buying the Veritas carcass saws so I had to use them. This part of the build was actually a lot of fun.
Laid out the tenons on the legs
The notch trick to guide the saw
And ripped the tenons
Chisel out the line for the shoulder, and the notch on the corner again.
Tenons ready to go right of the saw. Almost no shoulder plane work needed to fit into the mortise later! Very gratifying to accomplish this with hand saws.
The first mortise I tried to do galoot style with brace and bit but that was hard work in oak.
I tried a corded drill with forstner bit but that didnt work well and burned the wood.
I continued for a while with the brace and chisel but it was taking way too long. I had to figure out a way to use the drill press. Let me just say, I am ill equipped for work on this scale.
I had an idea but the hole time I’m thinking, “this is a bad idea, this is a bad idea” but I had to give it a try.
I sat my drill press on my flimsy HF workmate and held up the ends on my cheap HF roller stands. It held but barley.
I almost dropped my drill press and bench top when pulling the top off the press but luckily I was able to catch both and avert catastrophe.
So here is where I left off last night (finished at like 1:30am) I’m hurting today.
Next will be the angled tenons for the splayed back legs.
Thanks for watching.
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch