Back To the Bench(es)

Part I of building the next Shaker Meetinghouse Bench, this time in Cherry. A good portion of the initial work went into planing/jointing/flattening the boards which had been sitting in a barn for several years.
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Employing a butterfly joint to stem a crack in one of the legs.

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All the pieces laid out prior to the joinery phase. This entire bench came from one plank.

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Using the dovetail plane to prep the legs which will be joined using a 12″ sliding dovetail joint.

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Almost identical.

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Not a bad fit, but still room for improvement. Should finish up nicely.

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Dawn in the workshop.

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4 thoughts on “Back To the Bench(es)

    • Hey Patrick, they are a bit challenging. I’ve found that for the longer ones, having an angled piece of wood that matches the dovetail angle helps tremendously as a guide for the panel saw when cleaning out the “tail” portion of the joint. I’ll try to post some photos of that process. Thanks for stopping by. -Bobby

    • Hi Brian, it’s one of my favorite tools and easy to maintain. Veritas also carries a similar model which has several smaller blades for tighter joinery. Thanks for stopping by. ~Bobby

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