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Forum topic by sawdustmaster posted 02-15-2011 10:25 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2011 10:25 PM

Hi all,

I need a few opinions one two jointery methods. I am building a shop shelf/drawer unit which is being supported by legs and stretchers ( workbench style). I would like to use mortise and tenon jointery but rather than take the chance on destroying some nice 8/4 Ash with my sub-par mortise hand cutting skills I was wondering if you guys think a half lap joint at the point the stretchers meet the legs would work just as well? I dont think strength would be an issue. I would finish the joint with a 1/2” walnut dowel through the middle of the lap joint for looks and additional strength. Thanks for the help!

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 11:03 PM

Maybe this type of joinery might be an option. It would allow you to tighten the joint during weather changes.
I plan to use this type of joinery when I build my next workbench.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 11:23 PM

I used a dovetail joint on the upper stretcher of my workbench. worked pretty good. The lower stretcher is a thru drop down mortise with a wedge, so I can tighten the joint.! Sorry the one pic of the dovetail isn’t that great.

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 11:26 PM

Half lap would be the strongest joint for racking in this situation.

Adding a dowel will do nothing other than add decoration.

This, of course, is nothing more than my own opinion….:)

-- Childress Woodworks

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