Breakdown Holtzapffel Bench?

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03-07-2010 11:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: holtzapffel workbench

I’m in the process of making a workbench right now, that is mostly a modification of the popular and simple Holtzapffel design.

My issue right now is that my bench will need to be able to be broken down for transport/moving, since I’m making it in the basement, and I know i’m not dying in this house :)

In the original design, the top is attached to the base with M&T joints, usually drawbored together. Would leaving out the drawbore weaken the joint too much? I’d like to be able to just set the top on the tenons of the legs, and leave them dry fit, so the top could be lifted up and off.

If I leave the top to “float” on the base, should I add some additional stretchers on the legs to stiffen them a bit more?

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 12:32 AM

I have an old Swiss woodcarvers bench that was given to me with no legs. Upon turning it over, I discovered wooden cone shaped tenons in the bottom about 2” in diameter. I build a trestle style structure of legs/support with holes corresponding in size and position of the cones and placed the table on the structure. I added a couple of small (2”) metal 90° angle braces to help hold the table from moving. Works like a champ and it easy enough to break down and move.
I did this 10 years ago and never any movement.

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