|Project by dseidl||posted 09-11-2016 03:25 PM||530 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Earlier this year I bought an XCarve CNC to teach myself the basics of woodworking CNC with. The XCarve is a meter square, and I didn’t have an appropriate space for it in my shop. Since I had been watching lots of videos on traditional joinery techniques, I decided to try to build a budget bench using no metal fasteners. I also wanted a bench that I could knock down to move. This is the result.
I bought a pile of 20 2×10x48 southern yellow pine boards from a local truss building company that sold them as cutoffs for $30. That, and the cost of a gallon of glue were my only project expenses.
My build steps were pretty straight forward:
- Cut boards to size
- Glue up boards for the top
- Glue up legs from scrap
- Cut feet and inlet half mortises for the legs to fit into
- Cut stretchers from scrap, and cut tenons and mortises through the tenons for the tusks
- Cut mortises at the top and bottom of the legs to match the stretchers
- Assemble the legs
- Cut oak tusks from scrap to lock the mortise and tenons
- Set the heavy top on top and plane is smooth using winding sticks as a reference
- Flip the table and align the legs to the top, then mark the center point of each leg
- Drill holes for 1” dowels at the top of each leg and into the bottom of the top – these are slightly elongated to handle wood movement
- Put the top on, and move it into place
The bench is very stable, and exactly fits the CNC system. I learned quite a bit about traditional joinery techniques, and I know I can take the bench back apart and re-build it when I move – I call that a success!