The three (or four) tenons

Finally, after a good bit of sweating and refueling with coffee, the slab of top was done.  But it’s not much of a bench without legs, now is it?  One of the keys to proper bench building is the activity conducted thereon.  A bench that is just right for planing will be too low for sawing joinery comfortably.  In this case, the scrollsaw was to be used standing (though I may make a high stool later), and there was 9″ of saw to be accommodated.  Do your measurements before you start cutting stuff out!

I started by sawing out the twin tenon on the tops of the legs.  As these had to penetrate 3½” of slab top, the tenons were quite long.  This necessitated using a slightly larger saw than I normally use to cut them out.


Once all of the rip cuts were done, I had to remove the waste.  The shoulders on the outside of the leg (which are on the inside of the bench) were easy, requiring only a crossgrain cut to remove the cheek.  The interior waste, however, requires a slightly different approach.  I take an auger and bore out the majority of the waste at the root (which drops out that whole chunk in one piece), then clean up with a chisel.


It’s a little larger scale work than a lot of furniture making, but if you persevere you can congratulate yourself on a nice-looking twin tenon–

–then remember that you have three more legs to go.  Oh, bother…