Workbench Build #27: Top Trimming and Prepping for the Deadman..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 07-11-2013 05:08 AM 1599 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First things first I trimmed the tenons that I left long flush with the top. My HF flush cut saw took care of that pretty quickly.

Then I wanted to square up one end of the bench.

Eventually I will cut a tenon in here for the end cap.

The other end is waiting on the end caps and wagon vise hardware to determine where it will be cut.

Then I wanted to carve out the deadman groove before I forgot and ended up trying to cut it out upside down and backwards lol.

I also wanted to try out the Paul Sellers method of chopping a mortise here. It really IS as easy as he makes it look and I highly recommend anyone giving it a try. Once you get a rhythm going it goes pretty quick.

Here are some pics of the process and a quick video of the last 6 inches getting cut. It’s a pretty boring video but you will see the process at least.

I would say the total time spent on the whole process was about 3 hours spread out across 2 days because of my work schedule.

Up next will be prepping and gluing up the stretchers and hopefully finishing the base. Then on to the vises. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

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

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 11:18 AM

Excellent work. Way to toe the line!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 12:01 PM

Eric, don’t think I can keep up. Great work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 01:06 PM

Major galoot points Eric, well earned.

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 01:17 PM

Kickin a$$ and takin names!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 01:40 PM

Extra credit for your high level of determination! You should send Narex a photo of that groovy work…who needs a routah? :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 05:02 PM

Way to go Eric, you didnt let your lack of router stop you.

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

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