|Forum topic by mortalwombat||posted 07-19-2012 09:32 PM||1261 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-19-2012 09:32 PM
So for my first woodworking project since High School Shop in 1999, I am going to try to build this bench: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20223622/
So far, this project is my intro into SketchUp, so I am building it in there right now. I am going to make it almost identical since this is my first project, but I want to build it solid instead of the junk that I am assuming you get from Ikea.
My first question is how you handle the joints. I don’t have a ton of tools, just an old table saw, a miter saw, and a radial arm saw, plus basic hand power tools like a drill and a jig saw. I would guess I would use dowels for the joints? Is there a stronger joint I can make with the tools I have?
If I do use dowels, how do I set about drilling the holes in the ends of the boards? I am imaging it would be hard to get the holes straight and on center. I remember in shop in school we had a tool that would clamp down on the board, and run a drill bit horizontally into the board (I forget the name of that one) but I definitely don’t have access to one of those.
I want this thing to be sturdy, so I was considering a miter-like method to hold the slats, but then I don’t like the look of the miter cut all along the parts the hold the slats (Sorry I don’t know any of the correct terminology here). Ultimately, I want the strongest bench I can build with the tools I have.