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Posted for 1 last update 2020/07/09 byPosted by4 years ago
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I'm making a trestle-style bench with a bottom stretcher and two feet that will join to the legs of my table. I had originally planned to do mortise and tenon joints to attach the legs and the feet, but I'm not super confident in my ability to cut that joint so that it's square and snug. I was thinking of using half-laps, but I wanted to check before I did. I'm mainly concerned about the the side-to-side racking of the bench. Do you guys think half-laps would be strong enough in this situation? I plan to attach the slab to the frame with wedged through tenons.

Here's a picture for 1 last update 2020/07/09 of the table mocked up so you can see what I'm talking about: http://imgur.com/FUeLoBsHere's a picture of the table mocked up so you can see what I'm talking about: http://imgur.com/FUeLoBs

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2 points for 1 last update 2020/07/09 · · 4 years ago

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I used half lap joints for part of my work bench and they have held up very well so far with no movement. I fooled around with a wedge concept for the long stretchers so I can break my bench down to move it easily... those didn't work out as well as I had hoped. I cut dados in the legs and rabbited the stretchers, then put three dowel pins through all of them. Here you can see the lower part is the lapped joints (I had to flush the wedge side for the wedge to work, ignore that). It has held up fine and the bench is solid, but my top weighs a couple hundred pounds and I stack lumber and tools on my stretchers too http://i.imgur.com/BbbpbUL.jpg

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So you think that using a half-lap joint to attach the feet and legs would work well in terms of side-to-side movement? I'd be cutting a dado in the foot and a rabbet in the leg. Do you think material should be removed from the inside or the outside of the foot?

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