|Forum topic by jebbylawless||posted 04-18-2010 05:26 PM||1891 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-18-2010 05:26 PM
I am eager to build my first woodworking bench. It’ll be used for hand-tool woodworking. I bought a bunch of Fir yesterday for a really good deal. But I am still undecided about the specific design. I want it to be very sturdy so I am making the legs out of 6”x6” stock. The top will be 2 slabs of 10”x3.5” (I may add a 3rd slab). The width will be 54” due to the small space available.
Any opinions on general structure? I’m torn between creating a trestle style bench where the legs rest on a rail or a more stand style where the 4 legs rest directly on the floor. Is there a structural reason to go in one or the other direction?
Also, I really want to make this a knock-down bench so I’d like the joinery to be dry. My favorite style would style would be to use tusked tenons that I could adjust over time to tighten the fit. To fit through my 6” legs I’d need to cut to tenons about 8” or 9” long. I’m not sure how to do this with my tenon saw which doesn’t have that much clearance (and I don’t have power tools). Would I need to cut these tenons with chisels?
The next option might be to make standard tenons but these would still be 6” long. Or possibly attaching the stretchers to the legs with giant dovetail joints.
The final option might be to just attach the stretchers to the legs using lag screws. This may be the quickest path to actually completing the workbench and getting to some real projects but I really would like for this to be practice for some joinery techniques.
Any wisdom about planning what style of joinery to use?