Literally and figuratively. I’ve been away for quite a while for a lot of reasons, but I’m back at the bench now. And as it turns out I’m working on the Harpsichord bench. I’ve done most of the important parts, cut the rails, mortised and tenoned everything, turned the legs and and dry assembled. I recently acquired a mortising machine and this was my first real chance to use it. I mis-measured and cut the mortises too long, but that was easy to fix! The center picture shows the legs all prepped to the point they could be turned. Then I had to cut the dado along the rails and make sure everything would fit correctly to accept the bottom.
Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the turned legs, but I think they came out pretty nice. Then I cut the bottom which is simple 1/4″ plywood. And now the basic Bench is assembled and glued up. Here is where it stands at this point . . .
Notice that I pegged all of the mortise and tenon joints for extra strength and durability. I believe that quality construction has many things you cannot see, and pegged joints in furniture that will eventually be painted should not be seen. And seeing that this is a bench that should last for a really long time and will have to withstand someone sitting on it for many years, pegs certainly help.
The next step will be to attach the feet (see inside the bench) and add a number of decorative elements along the rails and corners, then complete and attach the top. I hope to get this completed sometime in early June.