Workbench Build #26: Standing on it's own 4 legs...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 416 days ago 1145 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time for some catch up and an update. Most of you who follow the workbench thread on the forum have already seen most of this but I feel compelled to keep this blog alive and I really need to resist the urge to spam the forum with progress updates and keep them here lol (sorry about that guys!).

So we left off with the legs being glued up so naturally the next step was to square them up and make them more “leg” like. I had to get creative with the clamping to make this happen so I invented a redneck wagon vise lol.

Those who followed Mauricio's build will recognize this #6 :) Now on it’s second bench build lol.

Which left me with 3 square legs and 1 whose glue up didn’t make the cut and had to be replaced.

Then it was onto the mortising of the top and fitting the legs. I’ll just let the rest of the pics speak for themselves here. This was my first “real” joinery and I had A LOT of fun and learned a lot chopping all these out. All said and done they all fit pretty good and will only need a little plugging on the sides along the top to clean them up.

Next up is the deadman mortise on the under side of the bench and stretchers.. stay tuned for more!

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 416 days ago

Very nice work. Those angled mortises turned out great

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#2 posted 416 days ago

Great work, perfect angles! So cool to see the #6 on its second bench build! I hadn’t even thought of it that way, pretty cool.

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

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#3 posted 415 days ago

Lookin good AF, almost there. Thought about how to do the short stretchers with the angled mortise? I had a thought of maybe dovetails cut into side of the legs and dowels through the tails? I don’t know.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#4 posted 415 days ago

The side stretchers are in coming and I will explain the whole process when it happens. I am still working out the details but I think what I have planned will work…. I think lol.

-- Eric -

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#5 posted 415 days ago

AF, gimme a break. Your setting the bar WAYYYYY high! Outstanding joinery. I’m gonna go and sulk now.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#6 posted 415 days ago

Eric, If you’re really new to this stuff you better go see a physic and find out what famous woodworker you were in a previous life!!

Excellent work.

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#7 posted 415 days ago

Hah Don.. nope I have never really done much with woodworking before… well just before joining this site this year. Having a blast learning new stuff though :D

Thanks a lot Gentlemen and stay tuned for more.. :D

-- Eric -

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