Workbench Build #36: Back at it.. Fitting the Tool Well...

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 388 days ago 920 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: Endcap Part Deux.... Part 36 of Workbench Build series Part 37: Finishing up the Toolwell... All downhill from here.. I think.. »

Well, now that I am done distracting myself with mallets, saw benches and cleaning it is time to get back at this. I have set an arbitrary deadline of September(ish) for completion of this bench so it is time to ramp things up a bit.

We left off with a partially fitted end cap in the last blog. A bit more progress has been made there. I have the Dovetails cut and “fitted (will require more plugs and shims.. perhaps by the 4th dovetail I will have this figured out?)

As before I added a filler piece..

Love these things!

Put on some SRV and got to work..

This time I positioned the top in a more saw friendly position. Helped a lot.. (which inspired the saw bench.. see how this goes?).

Then I wanted to add some support to the back wall of the tool well. I have been worried about the thickness of the wall since I added it. I seems to me it would flex too much during seasonal expansion of the top so I added some oak to the back side as a support..

I didn’t spend too much time making it pretty.. it’s on the bottom and covered anyway. I just needed it to funtion… I think it will do fine.

Then this morning I started on the dados that will hold the tray bottom in. I opted to just chop out the ones on the end caps since stopped dados can get tricky with a plow plane and I would have had to chop most of it out anyway to get the plane to work properly. The new mallet just laughed at this and it took all of about 20 mins from layout to finished for both sides to be done.

Test fit and checking if it is consistent across the bottom.. pretty darn close enough..

Now time to get this iron sharpened and get the other 2 walls done.. but that is for tomorrow.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned..

-- Eric -

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#1 posted 388 days ago

Nice, when I did the dovetails for my endcaps and tool tray, I also used my saw bench, but I used a tenon saw lol

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

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#2 posted 388 days ago

My tenon saw is among those that need sharpening. I have to use this and finish up with my flush cut saw. Takes a bit more time but works so far.

-- Eric -

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#3 posted 388 days ago

if it works it works lol

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

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Tim Dillon

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#4 posted 388 days ago

Nice technique on the workbench and a salute to SRV. Trying to hit a few of his licks myself.

-- tim, the mountaineer

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#5 posted 388 days ago

Sweet progress man. The DT’s have gotten much better.

Is that blood splatter I spot on the old mallet?

Looking forward to seeing the plow plane in action!

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

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Don W

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#6 posted 388 days ago

its coming together nice….

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 388 days ago

Looking fine and +1 to what Maur said about the plow!

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

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#8 posted 388 days ago

Yeah, I saw the blood drops on the mallet, too. CSI: lumberjocks.

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

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#9 posted 388 days ago

HAH! I had to scroll up to see what you guys were talking about. That is Padouk shavings on the mallet (it does look a bit gruesome though doesn’t it lol).

-- Eric -

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 388 days ago

@Eric—Fine work going on in the shop. I saw what look like blood drippings too—thought you had finished your mallet in Type A. Dovetails and mortises are looking very well. More galoot points on the way—you should be able to get a couple of nights’ hotel stays with all those galoot points building up!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 388 days ago

You are bulldozing this build. I am quite impressed. Dovetails are looking good!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#12 posted 387 days ago

I had the same thought on the “blood spatter” shot.

Can’t wait to see that plow put to use. Keep up the good work sir.

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

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