As I discussed in the previous installment, my Workbench was designed to eliminate the need to cut a dozen mortises and tenons. The short stretchers on the ends would sit in notches that were built -- not cut -- into the laminated legs. Unfortunately, I realized that it would be a pain to recreate that process on the long stretchers.
And, I admit, I wanted to try cutting mortises and tenons...just not 12 of them.
So the plan calls for the end short stretchers to set 6" off the floor, and the long stretchers (front and back) would be mortised into the legs. This presented another problem: should I mortise through the short stretchers, or tenon the long stretchers so that they slip under the short ones?
|First drill-and-hand-cut mortise of my life.|
Notice the layout lines outside the mortise?
|My one-fence mortise jig. Doh!|
|The second mortise jig. Ooh la lah!|
Next on the agenda: cutting tenons. My plan at this point is to define the shoulders on the table saw and rough cut them to size by hand. I might try to build a tenoning jig, though; it'll depend how much scrap plywood I have lying around.
|Four legs; four mortises.|
The Workbench (Part 1)