“Ode to Roy” Part II (bottom shelf and stretchers)

Now that I had all four legs sitting in their respective mortises, I turned my attention to the bottom shelf and stretchers which hold it in place.

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CUTTING TENON SHOULDERS

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PARING TENONS

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Ive become a convert to boring out mortise waste with an auger before squaring with a chisel.

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scotch eye bit on right, normal jennings on left

The scotch eye bits I snagged off Ebay really work wanders where normal auger bits dont dare to go, especially end grain.

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Planing down my vise chop, which was just the left overs from my 12/4 bench slab, really too big for a chop, but its what I had on hand and wont flex under load.

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I went with the 1 1/2″ Tap set from Woodcraft, small but will work for now, at least until I can set up the tools to make larger screws.

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Just couldn’t resist breaking out the boring machine to make the leg hole for the vise screw nice and straight! Love this machine!

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A rough shape up of the chop with Bertha and Ethel, the Disston No 7 twins, Ethel is the pretty one…followed by a quick clean up using a drawknife, and chisel finished the chop. Went ahead and threw on a tusk tenon for the parallel guide.

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A plow plane, moving fillister, and a pair of 7/8 T&G planes made quick work out of my bottom drawer. 

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After draw boring and pegging the legs on their respective sides, we slid in our drawer bottom boards and used a small spanish windlass to tighten everything up for the last round of pegging.

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GIDGET SUPERVISES

Its amazing how a bunch of rickety legs and stretchers lock down into a super solid state of being once they are draw bored and sunk into their mortises in the bench top. About this time I was so ready to start using this bench, trying to plane off a saw horse propped against a tree for support gets old rather fast! Next time we will look at installing the top shelf/tool well and working on the end caps. She is nearing completion and Im so ready to use all that shelf space!!!

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