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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 01-17-2012 04:47 AM 1747 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2012 04:47 AM

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Good evening, jocks I was hoping for a little input on this project. I was hoping to make a base like in this pic but was hoping for a way to build it with some more flare. I was thinking of making the front skirt with an arch like mission style. I need the bottom to stay open to store a couple of larger items underneath, vacuum, midi lathe,......
I would like to know how to make this corner joint with as strong as possible. If you have a drawing or link to show this it would be much appreciated.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 10:12 AM

Pat – If you are going to use this bench as a main workbench I would think twice about adding the arch to the base of the front skirt. You will no doubt from time to time need to clamp project to the bench for whatever reason. Adding the arch will make it that little bit more diofficult to use your clamps. Just my opinion of course.

I would have thought a couple of simple dovetail joints would be sufficient to hold the corner joints?

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 01:24 AM

David, thanks for your thoughts. I will have a 5” top on this that will overhang the sides and if the need for clamping arises the top will handle it very well.
I was thinking of using 2x stock to create all the legs and bracing, I saw a how to/plan somewhere but have searched for two days and can’t find it. The joinery was created by cutting and gluing the pieces together, could dado the legs to accept the stretchers. Maybe use some draw wedges on extended tenons?? Looking for some ideas guys, Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 07:23 PM

Pat – Since your question is about design, I’m no help. But, if I would own this particular bench I would add horizontal runner sets from the inside of the aprons, on each side from the center towards the legs. These runners would support properly sized sliding drawers that could be pulled out when sedomly used tools or parts would be needed.

Just a thought!



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