Pegs for a slab bench

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Forum topic by tblrxdave posted 08-22-2009 04:00 PM 1003 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2009 04:00 PM

I’m in the process of building an outdoor slab bench with a back. I would like to peg the slabs to the legs and back. The legs are book matched 1 7/8” white oak, and edge glued together. The 5/4 slabs are live edged 50” long. All pieces are from the same tree. Some checking has already started but that is OK . Rustic is what I want. I’ve made some 3/4” pegs from the same material. Should I drill thru and glue in the pegs? Wedge the pegs? Hide the pegs? I expect the wood to move. I’m sure there is a number of ways to proceed here. I’m looking for some LJ experiance .

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 10:37 PM

How wide is the bench top? You’re gonna have some serious movement in an outdoor environment. Sliding dovetails will allow movement. I ya wanna show the pegs, why not just make them show on the top side and let the sliding DT allow the expansion/contraction?


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#2 posted 08-24-2009 03:33 PM

Thanks for responing Bill. The seat is 14” wide at the big end and 11” at the small end. Sliding dove tails are a little out of my expertise. I was thinking maybe only glue the bottom of the peg and then wedge the peg on top. Would this allow for the movement? Are there aother methods that would work? I’d add a picture if I could figure out how. I’ve got photos in my coputer but don’t understand why I can’t load to this topic? I must be way too analog.

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