Now that I have finished the CHEVALET I need desperately to get the work bench done so here are my questions and thoughts. I have glued up half of the top and made two of the stretchers then the question came up do I use “Bench Bolts” or just use “mortise & tenons”? If the bench does not come apart why use bolts? “Exposed Wedged Through Tenons” if done correctly will do the same job at no cost where bench bolts are about $20.00 for a set of four and if you have them on the rails and stretchers that’s $40.00 plus shipping. What would you do? The other question that came up was what is the purpose of the dove tail and tenon that is exposed in the top where the legs come up? Why not just two tenons and why through tenons? I am installing a leg vice. (The leg and top will be flush) So what are your thoughts on these items and if you built a bench what would you add or not add now that it’s done and being used. Thanks for your comments.
-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/