|Project by RGtools||posted 03-08-2013 02:20 PM||3472 views||14 times favorited||35 comments|
I have wanted a set of these ever since I read Made by Hand years ago. He mentioned a picture of Krenov’s pair which I found and studied with care (there are by the way several pictures of his bents in The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking). Every where I looked, I soon saw these wonderful little tools.
And every craftsman seemed to do them quite differently. The joints for the lower rail, and from the posts to the feet are fairly standard M&T joints. This, everyone seems to agree on. I used through tenons here; 3/8 for the post-to-foot joint and 1/2 inch for the post-to-lower-rail joint, and I drawbored them for good measure. It’s that top rail that seems to offer a lot of room of interpretation. Tom cut a half lap and dropped his in without glue, Krenov seems to have kept his rail in tact, but bolted his in place through the post, and others use all kinds of tricky joinery. I just cleared out a tight fitting socket (I could lift the horse up by the rail before the glue) and glued it in.
These have been put to constant use in my shop ever since. Why on earth did I wait this long?
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan