|Forum topic by ndtrek07||posted 12-31-2013 08:36 AM||1207 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
12-31-2013 08:36 AM
Being an engineer, I like to take precise measurements and make sure I’m on track. When I started getting into woodworking a couple years ago, I was hoping that being very precise with measurements might help make up for some lack of experience. I’m unsure if I’m being too critical about how some of my work is turning out in the early stages of my project, and would appreciate some feedback from some of you that have more experience than I have.
I’ve been blogging about my workbench project , but due to a basement finishing project and some illness in the family, I’ve basically put that on hold for the past year. Now, I’m finally ready to jump back into it. As noted in my blog post, I’m working on the legs first and now have all the parts together, so they look like this:
And here is a close-up of one of the bases:
I’m about ready to glue these parts together, but despite my attempts to carefully measure and cut everything, it doesn’t all line up. Here are the two areas I’m concerned about.
1) The bases are a little wobbly. Each of the two bases wobbles a little bit side to side. I thought this was due to some glue that had oozed out when I glued the pieces together, so I chiseled some of this out (you see chisel marks along the center of each piece, going from left to right), but that has not completely eliminated the wobble.
2) The height of each of the 4 legs is not the same. :-(
So, my big question is: Should I even worry about these right now? I’m thinking I might add some kind of adjustable foot to each of the legs, so I can try to level out the bench if the floor isn’t quite level (a very likely scenario), which probably takes care of item #1 above.
With the 1/8” difference…I’m not even sure where I’d start trying to fix that (maybe the top mortise & tenon), but I don’t how much of a difference the 1/8” with make when it is finished. Maybe I’m worrying to much, but my concern is that little inaccuracies like this will add up over the course of the project, and will eventually compromise the integrity of the final product.
I’d appreciate any thoughts/criticisms/insights you have – thanks!