|Forum topic by ryno101||posted 08-03-2009 06:26 PM||1519 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-03-2009 06:26 PM
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So, here’s my dliemma. I’m building the base for my workbench, and want to be able to have it be disassembled if needed, and I very much want to avoid the use of carriage bolts, which would be an easy fix for what I’m trying to do.
The leg assemblies will be put together with mortise/tenon joints at the top and bottom, and will integrate a full-width top and foot, thereby eliminating the need for stretchers on the sides.
I’m using 4×4 (3 1/2” square) mahogany for the leg assemblies, and two 5/4 mahogany deck boards laminated together for the stringers.
My idea was to use a single dovetail that would be mortised into the leg assembly, to provide a lateral lock against racking from side to side, but I can’t glue it in if I want to be able to take it apart in the future, so I’ll need something to keep it flush with the leg once it’s assembled.
My initial thought was to use a cross brace running lengthwise on the legs, but that looked awful when I drew it up. Here’s my second thought:
The 1” dowel would go through the leg and dovetail, and be locked in place front to back with the pins…
Is this the best way to approach this? Is there a good alternative?
-- Ryno http://shawsheenwoodworks.com