For the pasts few months I have been working on my first workbench. Physical discomforts and other activities (housebreaking our new puppy, for instance) have slowed me down considerably.
Nevertheless, I finished the laminations before the holiday break and the past few days I have started on the legs. I must say that things really started to “click”: my chisels and plane irons come out sharper than ever, planing square is achieved more quickly and I finally truly understood the lesson “always use your square on the same two reference sides” 🙂
Today I finished the first pair of legs. The mortise and tenon joints (my first!) are quite tight and actually came out square and everything. However, during glue rehearsal I noticed there is quite some twist in the legs. It seems I forgot to check the top rail for twist. Looking at the photos now I can’t believe how I could have mist that astonishing amount of twist in the first place.
Anyway, I am considering the following options. Needless to say I don’t look starting over on the legs.
1) nothing – the twist might be flexed out later
2) make a new top rail – at my current skill level this will take me 1 to 2 afternoons
3) untwist the current top rail, leaving the tenons undersized. I could fix that by a) driving a dowel through the loose joints or b) using wedges to tighten the loose joints.
Your advice would be greatly appreciated, as always.
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