I made a rather stupid mistake while building the workbench. I have cut and prepared my legs only to find out at the end that one leg is shorter than the others with about 1 cm (25/64 in). I would really appreciate if you would give me some suggestions on the best way to fix this. The tools at my disposal are:
* hand saw
* tenon saw
* scrub plane
* smoothing plane
Take away or add wood. A pad of quarter inch ply wood might get you in the ballpark. Otherwise very careful cross cutting of the three long legs using the knife wall method. A centimeter times three legs is a lot of end grain planing.
If you haven’t cut the joints yet, make the two legs of the same length.
Anyway, a leg-frame is topped with a “bearer”; so for that leg-frame (whether right or left) use a bearer which is 1 cm thicker than for the other leg-frame.
Thank you all for your suggestions. I ended up gluing a 1 cm slice of wood on top of the leg. I am thinking now to cut the mortise a bit further than 1 inch from the (new) top as i have to compensate for that glued piece, otherwise the chance of the upper part splitting will probably be greater?