V8 Degree wedge powered workbench #4: Fitting the top edges and ends

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-05-2012 11:18 PM 6033 reads 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Building the Plywood Bench Top Part 4 of V8 Degree wedge powered workbench series Part 5: Assembling the inter-laid legs. »

I know that I have said that there is no “fancy joinery” in this bench and there certainly doesn’t have to be. There is however, in my own bench, a simple dovetail joint in the top frame corners. It is purely decorative and a box joint or even a butt joint would in fact do the job. If the wagon vices were not epoxied in, then the dovetails would have a real function but I personally would rather rely on the epoxy… it’s a boat builder thing.

This is the joint I’m referring to and it’s really quite easy.

I made up a little 1/4” MDF pattern and cut the rough recesses out with a router. I’m really not a dovetail guy but I’m sure this must be a somewhat standard way of doing it.

The pattern lines up with the corners of the end members via some sight holes and is tacked in place with a pin tacker.

I routed the recesses out about 5/8” deep and left them unfinished for the time being.

Then after cutting the tails on the bandsaw, I fitted each corner and marked the recess from the tails.

From there it was an easy job to finish them up with a chisel.

The next job was to set the vices into the end rail to lock their sides against spreading under wedge pressure.

Finally the side and end rails were rebated to accept the larger bottom layer of the plywood top layup.

This was actually done prior to the plywood layup in the last segment of this blog and that is the order I would recommend but I thought it would be easier to describe if I explained the plywood assembly first.

After reaching this point and dry fitting the assembled top inside the rails I left this part of the job and moved on to the leg construction.

That’s the next segment.

Thanks for looking in.

Comments, questions and critiques always welcome.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 12:06 AM

Paul, that looks like a very nice Dovetail…
... is there a darker wood lining the joint or is it just the Cut-Line with the edges slightly rounded to emphasize the line?
... it’s hard to see in the picture.


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 12:18 AM

Super nice dovetails for not bein a dovetailer.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 12:24 AM

I’m likin’ the router roughed out dove tail technique, easier on the arthritic hands and wrists.

Great lookin’ half blind dovetails, nice fit. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-06-2012 12:37 AM

I don’t think anyone is going to believe that you are NOT a “dovetail guy”’ anymore!!!

Anxiously awaiting your next installment…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-06-2012 01:42 AM

Way to go on the dovetails, Paul. I’m like you- use the best method to remove stock and sneak up on that final dimension!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-06-2012 02:24 PM

Joe, It’s a wee bit loose. All glued up it looks just fine. Like I said, ... not a dovetail guy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 04:19 PM

Very cool dovetail method.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 09-06-2012 06:08 PM

Good work as always Paul.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-06-2012 07:43 PM

Hey Paul,
This is fun watching the bench unfold. You do great work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 06:51 PM

Great stuff!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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