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01-08-2012 03:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw joining

I am going to design and build a general purpose workbench. I have doug fir 4×4’s for the legs and 2×4’s for the stretchers. I want to use lap joints and I want to know if I need to cut part of the lap joint into the 2×4’s or can I just notch the 4×4 the full 1 1/2 inches of the 2×4. I would think cutting the full 1 1/2 inches from the 4×4 is probably easier, but I am pretty much a rookie here.

Another question is I am going to drill through and bolt them together. Should I use 2 bolts per joint one just one.

Thanks for your knowledgeable advice

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 04:02 AM

If you cut out the 1 1/2” from the 4×4, you will have more room to recess the head of the bolt, that is if you planned to recess it. I would think one bolt would be plenty. Hopefully you will get more opinions.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 04:03 AM

Cutting the notch in the 4×4 is the best route. If it’s a tight joint, one bolt should do. Glue would even be more than enough I’d think.

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