Roubo-Moxon Bench Build #4: Now THIS Is A Lazy Mortise

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Blog entry by Eric posted 09-20-2010 03:05 AM 9402 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today it’s back to the glueup phase of my build. I’ve glued up half of the boards for each leg and done the short stretcher mortises for each. Now it’s time to glue the other half of the boards on, and voids in the glueup will create the mortises for the long stretchers. Here’s the first layer just after clamping, with a closeup:

Then I glued an identical layer onto that one (both pieces), and voila, a mortise for the long stretcher. The last two boards closed up this mortise, and the long stretchers will go all the way through. The short stretcher will stop just short of where the long stretcher goes through.

To determine the size of the mortise, by the way, I clamped the top piece on the leg, laid the long stretcher out in its place and snugged the bottom piece up against it. Then I removed the stretcher, scooched the bottom piece up the tiniest bit, and marked it there. Worked perfectly. My initial dry fit shows that the stretcher will either go in with a bit of persuasion, or will require some minor paring to get it to fit. Fine by me.

One leg done (minus cutting the bottom to size). Ha, look at all those colors, this will be one mutt of a workbench! :D I hope to finish all four legs by the end of the week, as I’m going to Germany next week for a conference.

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 06:15 AM

I’ve been working on getting everything for building mine, and this is the exact idea I had….. Since I’m gonna bee gluing up a lot of scraps, why not take some of the work out…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 04:05 PM

The workbench is coming great.

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 04:15 PM

Thanks CJ! And KTMM, it’s the way to go!

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 08:53 PM

looking good :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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