The advantage to putting this bench together with dovetails, mortise
and tenon, splines AND "all thread" is that it leaves you options as
you go. You can put the thing together, look at it and, if you want
to add something or change something you just disassemble and make
In this case, because the front apron is a smidge over 2 inches thick I
could router 3/4" deep "square" dogholes in the inside face and still
have some meat left on the apron. A template, router bit and template
guide and a boatload of chips later - SQUARE dogholes. Of course,
after the glue had dried on the template and I'd done a bunch of test
cuts on scrap to get the depth right - THEN I discocvered that my
template "faced the wrong way". The angle on the holes would be
AWAY from the vise jaw rather than leaning towards it. OOPS!
Cutting the dogholes went well - on the apron. Now I have to figure
out how to do the opposite leaning doghole in the end vise outer jaw.
Anyway - here's yesterday's dust making. (all one line)
This bench top's been tricky. Most furniture's joinery doesn't
need to allow for tension AND compression. The bench "top",
in addition to acting as a table, also acts as a small or huge clamp,
in several planes. Making accessories for it, wooden dogs,
shooting boards, moter board etc. is going to be fun, fun, fun.
And that's one of the reasons I like woodworking - doing this
leads to that and, along the way, plenty of opportunities to solve
problems and learn something new.
(BTW - the right sawdust is easily mistake for dandruff)