First off, this one is not for me. I
recently received a commission to build a Nicholson style bench. The bench needed to break down so as to be able
to go into an apartment. Being the workbench building fool
I seem to have become I had to give it a try.
Here is a rough overview of what I came up with.
I started with the top
first on this bench. The whole bench is made from
lumber yard yellow pine 2 in x 12 in x 16 ft framing
After letting the lumber acclimate
in the shop for a few weeks, I picked out the two flattest and
straightest 8 ft pieces for the top. I jointed the edges and
glued them together. Once the top was glued I could determine
the maximum width I could get out of the two boards, in this
case was about 21 ½ in.
I then moved on to the legs
assemblies. The legs are simply three pieces of 1 ½ in x 4 ¼ in
stock glued up, planed and jointed to 4 in x 4in. I then laid
out 1 in x 3 ¼ in mortises for an upper and lower stretcher that
connects the legs.
These are pretty straight forward
mortise and tenon joints. The upper stretcher’s tenons are set
down from the top of the legs about an 1 ½ in. The lower
stretcher is placed about 3 in from the bottom of the leg. I
used a 7/8 in auger and bored out the majority of the waste and
the squared up the mortise walls with a chisel.