I settled on the bench design as basically my second version with a couple of additional details. What I like about the design is how the legs are two arcs from a continuous circle and how wide and curved they are. It’s challenging and looks good.
I got a two ideas that I’ve incorporated into the design. Reading Toshio Odate‘s articles in Popular Woodworking got me thinking about the tapered sliding dovetail to attach legs to a top. I love the idea and used it in my sitting bench design. This detail however might hit the editing room floor because I’m under the gun to produce this piece and that might take extra time that I don’t have.
The other idea was supplied by my dad – it’s a brace attached at the end of the lower stretcher. This serves two purposes:
- It holds the legs in place since they want to push outwards
- It keeps the 3 separate leg pieces inline with each other front-to-back
- Oh, and it looks good too.
I changed the lower stretcher to be horizontal instead of vertical. That enters the leg brace more easily to be wedged and I think will give a more attractive view from the top, seeing both the bench top and stretcher simultaneously (from the same lumber).
The leg braces will have an outside curve to match the legs. I’ll shape this by hand; tool TBD.
Each leg is made from three separate pieces (2in | 8in | 2in). They will be held in place with tenons into the top cross-member and the leg brace towards the bottom.
Totally love this idea and want to use more mixed materials in my projects. For this one I’d try it except for the tight deadline. So, I think I’ll go with wooden pegs this time, but look for something else in the future! Thanks for the tip Steve.
So, now it’s on to construction. I’m trying to wrap up this whole build in 2 weeks for a house tour. I’ll let you know how that goes!