Workbench Build #7: Picked up the last pieces of the puzzle today..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-09-2013 08:37 PM 2949 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: What have I got myself into! Oak Delivered Today.. Part 7 of Workbench Build series Part 8: Leg Vise Hardware Finished.. »

I visited my local orange store today and picked up the materials for the base. I am using 4×6 Douglas Fir for the legs and 4×4 DF for the stretchers. I had to have them rough cut them to size so they would fit in my car and I might still need to go back and get a bit more but this will get me going.

I also got a new toy. A 9” bandsaw to help with some of the ripping. I was trying to avoid using too many power tools on this but I don’t think I am up to ripping by hand 8/4 red oak and I have been wanting a band saw for a while so this was the perfect reason to finally get one. It’s just a Ryobi but all the reviews are positive so I’mma gonna give it a go.

I also made a quick stop at the lumber supplier that I got my oak from to have a look at their on hand selection of exotic woods. I eyed a VERY nice looking piece of Padouk that found it’s way into my car. I’m going to use it here and there for accent wood. I is 3 b/f total 1” x 6 1/2” x 6’ 3” ish in size and has a beautiful grain on it.

I also test drilled a center pilot hole in the hand wheels and cast iron is surprisingly easy to drill into so I am off to my closest HF to get a set of bits that go up to 1”. This is going to greatly simplify the vise installation. As promised I will make a video of me drilling the 1” hole in the wheel so if you guys want to build a not-so-benchcrafted leg vise you can see how I’m going about it.

That’s where I am at now. Looking to start planing and ripping either tonight or first thing tomorrow morning!

Here is today’s haul and as you can see there is a workbench in there somewhere… now we just have to start finding it.

Feel free to comment hell even make fun of me here. I appreciate any feedback I can get!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 11:28 PM

Remember to relieve the tension on the blade of your bandsaw when it’s not being used. Your blade will last longer and your cuts won’t drift as much so soon.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 02:23 AM

that is nice lumber for the orange store, ours has nothing 4×4 or larger that isn’t pressure treated. looking forward to seeing your build

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 03:18 AM

Looking good. I’m a big fan of padauk. It’ll mellow from that bright orange, but it’s still beautiful wood.

I’m curious how that small Ryobi bandsaw will do ripping 8/4 oak. Make sure you give yourself a healthy margin of error, as a) a 9” bandsaw can’t use a wide blade (like 1/2” or larger) for straight-ripping b) the table will be pretty small and c) the motor will be fairly underpowered.

I’m not saying it can’t be done. But you’re going to have to go slow, mark off the cut line so you can keep it straight, and have to clean up the rough surface with a jointer or hand plane. Better still to borrow some time on a good table saw. Best of luck!

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 07:18 AM

Thanks for all the tips guys. As for the band saw I am building a table extension w/ripping fence to help with the size issue. I will probably have to watch the feed rate for sure. I’ll let you know how it goes.. *fingers crossed.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 06:29 PM

Good call on using power tools for the ripping. The old timers would never make a top out of more than 2 pieces of wood. Thats just way to much ripping to do by hand. Curious to see how the little band saw did. I’ll read on…

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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