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I wanted to put together a simple bench out of a 2X12, didn’t use any glue or screws. Its all mortise and tenon joinery. Plan on staining and putting a coat of polly. Total cost $8
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#1 posted 05-15-2011 10:57 PM
Very cool design!
You might want to think of an upright crosspiece running about halfway down the legs – it would add a TON of stability and if you mortise it like you did the legs it still wouldn’t need glue.
Great job from a 2×12!
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com
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#2 posted 05-16-2011 01:52 AM
Awesome job i agree with Knotcurser about a crosspiece about halfway down the legs. Eventualy it will become wobely. But it looks nice.
-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.
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#3 posted 05-16-2011 03:06 AM
I like to support the top of my benches with two cross pieces next to the top tenons on the legs and one near the bottom, mortised into the legs and a through pin holding it in place. The 3 cross pieces add a lot of strength and stability to a bench. I like your bench a lot.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com
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#4 posted 05-16-2011 04:03 AM
Very nice bench. I like the grain and the thru tenons. I would agree with the first comments on the cross piece
#5 posted 04-03-2012 11:34 PM
A cross piece will give any bench extra support, but I’m afraid this bench will not tolerate any outsiders.
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