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Forum topic by sotomike posted 03-05-2012 08:53 AM 8470 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2012 08:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question oak tablesaw router joining

I am planning on making a sitting bench about 10” x 70” x1” red oak it is a simple board with four legs but am unsure of how to attach the legs! the first option i thought about was to do an apron around the bench to then attach the legs to it. weather i did the apron inset and set the legs to protrude a little from the apron or to do the apron flush with the bench and place the legs on the inside of the apron.. but i was considering of making it with out an apron if i did this any suggestions as to how to attach the legs? if this is a very bad idea of building it without an apron please feel free to tell me i am just out of my mind thank you for your help everyone have a blessed day

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 09:21 AM

sounds like u need a subframe under yur planks if its for sitting and gonna be used I would build a subframe the attach the legs then attach the planks on my subframe I would make the strecthers heavy and attach the legs to the strecthers glue screw and countersink and use dow to fill in the screwholes maybe a diffrent wood on my dowels to set them off I think

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 09:23 AM

yes I would make a reveal around the seat or U can make it flush which ever u like its ok

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 02:28 PM

I would make a block on the top of 2 legs, mortise the leg into the block, then attach block from underside to seat.
72” x 1” might need some bracing to keep the weight from bowing the seat ! I have shown legs with a dowel mortised into lower leg to give some support.

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 01:11 AM

Whatever happened to the wedged through tennon. I like exposed joinery and this works for me. With this setup, bigger is better. The larger dia. of the tennon, the more surface area you can wedge against to grip with. Of course this usually comes with runners between the legs near the feet to prevent bowing. For oak in dark stains I use walnut as the wedge material. As for natural I go with maple.

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 01:35 AM

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