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February 11, 2010
There are a lot of good information in print and on the Internet about building the Holtzapffel workbench. Because of that, I don't want to duplicate the work of others that have done a great job in explaining overall how to build this awesome bench.
But as I was building mine, I came across obstacles I had to overcome just because of the sear size of the parts I was dealing with. So I thought I'd share some of the trickier parts in building this bench.
In this episode I look at different ways of dealing with cutting large tenons. The way that the top is connected to the base of the bench is with a mortise and tenon joint. Now cutting tenons is usually straight forward, but when those tenons are on a 3" x 5 1/2" beam, some problems can come up.
Check out how I dealt with some of those issues in this episode.