With all those shoulders cut, Chris took the stretchers over to the band saw to cut the tenons to width.I could have made those cuts by hand, but decided on the bandsaw for two reasons: With the tenons cut, it was time for some layout, starting with the short stretchers.A couple of weekends ago our family visited some friends in Mechanicsburg, PA and helped Chris in his metal shop, working on a kit plane. This past weekend, Chris’s family came to visit ours and he was able to return the favor in my woodshop.
I oriented the two legs with their end faces facing down and put the stretcher between them with its “short” half down.
Saturday was composed of cutting the boards to length & gluing the pairs together to roughly form each stretcher. A couple of passes at the jointer flattened the side we tried to keep flush during glue-up (along with removing a little squeeze-out).
From there we ran all four stretchers through the planer to make them all the same height.
I decided to make all of the stretchers out of two boards laminated together.
One board would be the distance between the legs, the second board longer than the first, with an equal amount of the extra length on each end forming the tenon.
That doesn’t really matter for functionality of the bench, but it will making installing the shelf easier, along with making the bench look better.Once things were sized properly, we went to work on the tenons.I still had enough boards that were S4S from the mass-milling I did when planning for the bench top, so the heavy milling was already done.A quick swipe of an edge and a face at the jointer and we could start measuring.The stretchers ended up around 4.5″ wide, so I decided to lop an inch off of each side of the tenon.I used my tenon saw to cut the shoulders, using each end of the shorter board as a guide.