Workbench Build #25: Forward Progress finally... Top Glue Up done and Legs started..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 06-08-2013 06:27 PM 2435 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, it has been a few months since I have done any work on the bench. I think I needed a mental reset and to get through the rest of my wife’s pregnancy distracted by small projects.

Now that that is over with and my shop is in a manageable condition again finally I can get back to work on this elephant of a project.

Having a newborn in the house has limited my available time in the shop but that seems to have focused my energy when I DO get in there to get something done while I can. So in short bursts of 5 – 30 mins depending on time of day and his temperament I have been able to finish gluing up the top of the bench and today I stopped by the local orange store and picked up some lumber for the legs finally.

The legs are made of 2 2X6 cedar planks laminated together. Why cedar? Why not. I needed some legs and the fir posts I had bough have pissed sap all over my shop floor over the last couple months and I shudder at the thought of running one of my Stanleys over that gunk so they are relegated to some other project down the road. The ceder is a nice stable wood, looks good and was reasonably priced so that is what I bought… whether or not I regret that later is to be decided. If you guys have any thoughts on that PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

As of writing this I am waiting on glue to dry on the legs and once that is done it will be time to clean them up and square them up then ready them for mortising and tenoning :-)

Progress pics to catch everyone up.

“Final” depth minus the front wall of the tool well..


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

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 08:27 PM

Very nice progress AF :-) I don’t see why cedar won’t work for the legs either…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 08:35 PM

progress is good. I can’t think of a reason to not use cedar either. I like cedar. Its an absolute joy to plane.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 11:43 PM

You aren’t kidding Don! As you can see I have been having too much fun planing this stuff :-)

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

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 12:00 AM

Chuckling at the pile of shavings. Those who don’t use hand planes will never know the pleasure that comes from a sharp iron. Looking forward to your next post.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 02:49 PM

^I need to find a good vintage jack plane for my Grampa. The other day he was watching me true up my tray bottoms on my toolchest and he grabbed his buck bros plane and started asking me how to tune it up (mind you he hates hand tools…or so he tells me). The planes sole is 1/8 out of flat and the casting is not thick enough to fix that.

Airframer, your bench is really starting to shape up to be a proper monster. Good work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 02:55 AM

It looking good Eric! The only knock on Cedar I can think of is the lightness but you should be alright. It will look good though thats for sure. I love the lock of western red cedar.

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

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 05:26 AM

Thanks Mauricio! I have been a bit concerned with the weight of the legs so far but I DO have plans for some sort of under bench tool storage which should makeup any weight lost in the base. Plus the weight of all the steel that will be going into the vises. Should be good to go.

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

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