|Forum topic by HorizontalMike||posted 01-03-2011 12:08 AM||3099 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-03-2011 12:08 AM
I am ~70% complete on my first major project, the 21st Century Workbench, and have discovered my first ”major” mistake. I have made plenty of smaller mistakes and worked around them but this one I feel I should ask for some advice going forward. Looking for advice from those who have ”actually built” one of these critters and has the actual DVD plans to refer to.
MY MISTAKE: I have the inner legs and stretchers assembled (glued, clamped, and set). I made the mistake of putting the lower stretchers 3 1/4” higher on the legs than the plans call for. Here are the legs prior to glue-up, showing the location of the lower leg mortise. This puts them in the vicinity of the lower rail wedged dovetail. The stretcher’s mortise and tenon joint would open up directly into the relieved dovetail slot of/on the outer leg half that gets glued to the inner legs. This goes times 4 as each leg component is the same.
2. Should I move the lower rail lower/higher? If so, by how much?
3. The stretcher tenon end is actually ~1/16” inset on each leg since I left the legs as thick as possible. Since this portion won’t get the additional butt joint glue-up, can/should I just ignore the stretcher location and install the lower rails in the location called for in the plans? ...Remembering that the cleats for the lower shelf run off of these rails.
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."