|Forum topic by deeznutz||posted 02-14-2011 03:44 PM||2048 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-14-2011 03:44 PM
I’ve recently started building a Holtazappfel workbench based almost entirely on Chris Schwartz’s knockdown version. One thing I’ve changed though is the size of the stretchers. His plans called for 1.5” thick stock and I had the lumber to mill them to 2.5” stock. My question is how wide should I make my mortise/tenons? His plans call for 5/8” so I’m thinking either 3/4” or 1” as those are the size chisels I have. These two widths would leave 7/8” and 3/4” of meet left between the outside wall of the mortise and the outside edge of the legs respectively (I’m mounting the stretchers flush with the fronts/sides of the legs).
So, what do you think would provide the most strength? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance and I can’t wait to post a completed bench here!