Steve Ramsey park bench. Need help if anyone has time.

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Forum topic by chetrog posted 07-10-2014 05:42 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2014 05:42 AM

I am going to be building a park bench from Steve Ramsey’s Website, but I have a question that i would appreciate if anyone could help me. I don’t have a pocket hole jig. In his website he suggests that if you don’t have a pocket hole jig, that you could use long lag screws. Does anyone know if there is another way other then lag screws? Here is a picture of the top and the bottom. If i need to use lag screws should I counter sink the lags with using a bigger bit maybe like a spade bit, just to hide the lags. Thanks for your time.

The website from Steve’s free plans.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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#1 posted 07-10-2014 11:53 AM

I think lag screws would be fine. They will be screwed from underneath, so they should not be too visible even if you do not make an attempt to hide them. But personally, I would drill holes with diameter big enough for my spanner to fit into (easily – there is nothing worse than getting that stuck in the hole) and just deep enough to hide the head of the lag screw. Remember to drill the large diameter hole before the 3/8” or whatever size hole that goes right the way through the leg assembly as spade bits don’t work so well with a 3/8” or similarly large pilot holes (sadly, this knowledge comes from experience).

As far as alternatives, you could possibly do dowels to locate the seat onto the leg assembly and then just rely on glue to hold the seat in place on the legs (obviously, if you are placing the bench outdoors, you need a good waterproof glue). Unless you are planning to pick it up and move it frequently, the force is pretty well all downwards, possibly with a little bit of force sideways, so the function of the dowels is mostly to prevent the seat from sliding off the legs. If the dowels went into the outside slats of the seat, then you could possibly hold them in place with screws in the same way as Steve screws the slats to the dowels that go all the way through.

I hope that helps, looking forward to seeing the result.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#2 posted 07-11-2014 05:48 AM

Thanks for the suggestion. I might do lags and dowels. Thanks again.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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