The base is glued up and mostly complete. These eight pieces of wood are now occupying most of the floor space in my shop. It’s good exercise climbing over the aprons to get from one side to the other. Good for the hamstrings.
Since the last post, I fit the tenons then cleaned up the legs and aprons, adding a chamfer along all exposed corners. I then made sixteen pegs from hard maple scrap using my home-made dowel plate.
The assembly was all drawbored – no clamps. I used an 1/8″ offset, which worked much better with this wood. Not having to manage 6 foot long clamps and just pounding pegs in with a hammer was really nice. All the joints are tight. I think I’ll drawbore most of my mortise and tenons from now on. At least those that I plan to peg anyway.
I also used hide glue for the first time. Its a liquid hide glue (Old Brown Glue), so all you have to do is warm it up a bit to get the right viscosity. I liked that the glue helped the joints slip together easily even though they were very tight when I dry fit them. PVA glue has a little more tack, so joints can sometimes be more difficult to pull together than the dry fit. It has a longer open time, which wasn’t really needed for this assembly, but will be beneficial for more complex glue-ups in the future. I think I’ll start using liquid hide glue instead of my usual – Titebond III.
Drawbored joints and hide glue. Roy Underhill would be proud.