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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 10-10-2010 05:59 PM 1577 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MedicKen

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10-10-2010 05:59 PM

I am in the planning stages of a new maple workbench. I have already purchased the materials, some very nice 8/4 soft maple from another LJ. I would like to use mortise and tenons to connect the stretchers to the legs and want to drawbore the joint. My question is how far should I offset the hole in the tenon? Is there any set distance, or is it by feel?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com


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#1 posted 10-10-2010 06:08 PM

Roy Underhill advises to offset the hole by “a fat 1/16”. This is for a pretty good sized joint in a workbench.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 06:35 PM

Can’t wait to see pictures.

Bothus

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 01:43 AM

Im thinking a “fat” 1/16” in maple is gonna be too much. I most definitely dont want to blow the back out. Do you think 1/32 would be enough?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 01:51 AM

Do you have some scraps to make a test mortise and tenon joint so that you could give it a try?

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 02:15 AM

I will have scraps. I am still in the planning stage. I was just asking ahead of time to maybe save a few scraps…lol

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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