|Project by sugarpine||posted 12-03-2013 02:21 AM||1649 views||13 times favorited||7 comments|
Two trestle benches made from 5/4 and 6/4 alder (90” long, 15” wide and 19” tall). Only the center leg is a through mortise. It was made using a dado blade to cut half mortises on each piece then glued together after the rail was screwed on. Both end legs appear to have through mortises and pegs but they are false. I made 3/8” deep mortises on each side of the end legs, attached the support rail with #12 screws from the outside mortise, covered the screw heads with a false end rail stub that was glued into the outside mortise. The faux locking pegs were glued on. Far from traditional methods but the end result accomplished the look I was trying to achieve. The shortcuts (some might say cheating) allowed me to get the project to my customer in time for him to stain and finish the benches prior to Thanksgiving. He had purchased a large used table but no chairs. Hopefully he got them done in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.