We last ended with the second dovetail and the end caps mortised for the tool well ends. After a week of no progress in the shop I finally had some time this weekend to get something done.
To start I needed to cut the remaining dovetails so I would know where the dados should stop to not be seen on the out side of the bench.
I am sooooo glad this is over with. I would love to say I got better with each one but I really didn’t. I did learn something new on each one but the mistakes kept coming and it will be fun cleaning these up but oh well… they are done and out of my hair now.
Now to cut the well bottom to length..
Then I got started on the front and back wall of the toolwell. I scored a couple very deep lines to outline the cut then went over the line with a chisel to further score it.
After that it was a matter of getting my plow plane (Thanks Ryan!) usable and cut the dado. The blade is a 1/2” blade and the well bottom is almost 3/4” so I had to cut the groove and then chop the rest with a chisel.
It came out pretty darn good really. Nice and tight (but not too tight for movement).
Then the front wall was a totally different story. This piece of oak has the most difficult grain pattern I have ever worked with. It seemed to change direction about every 4 inches. After fighting through tearout and such I got it “cleaned up” and fitted. Not as pretty as I had hoped but it will do and I will probably be the only one to see the bad spots.
Then it was just a matter of putting it all together to make sure it all lines up and fits.
And whalla! The top is ready for final assembly! I had to have my wife help me lift it back onto the saw horses lol. I really need to weigh this thing.
I also checked a couple of tools for fit.
My large Atkins rip saw just barely sits below the top edge..
And my no 7 is a bit too tall to sit upright but fits nicely on it’s side.
Now to get this put together and start on my stretchers, leg vise and deadman. Almost there! Pretty excited about that :D
-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com