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Old 01-06-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default Re: Yet Another Bench Thread

The top is connected to the base with floating tenons, plus lag bolts from under the end rails. These bolts run through elongated slots to allow movement of the top, but the top is registered flush to the legs with the tenons. These tenons are beefy to withstand the force of the leg vise pushing against the top. They measure 1-3/4" x 2-1/4", buried 1-3/4" in the legs and top. A real tenon would be better, but I didn't have enough length on my leg stock, and I think it will be fine.

Notice one of the dog holes enters the mortise. Hard to plan everything, with conflicting requirements for various components. So I have short and log dogs.

The mortises were cut with a jig and plunge router with collet.

My wife helped me flip the top upside down, and back upright again. Not near as bad as carrying the 160# up the stairs.

Anyway, here we are with the top on.

Vises are next, stay tuned.
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