Workbench Build #37: Finishing up the Toolwell... All downhill from here.. I think..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 08-10-2013 09:34 PM 1645 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 36: Back at it.. Fitting the Tool Well... Part 37 of Workbench Build series Part 38: Final Assembly of the Top... »

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

Stay tuned!

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

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Don W

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 09:39 PM

Moving right along Eric. I love that Ohio Tools Plow.

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 10:52 PM

Very nice work

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 12:02 AM

Man… You are moving.

Top is looking great!

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 12:19 AM

It is a lot of work but you are in the home stretch now, looking good.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 02:56 AM

Beautiful. Remind me again what your plan is for dog holes.

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#6 posted 08-11-2013 03:02 AM

3/4” holes roughly 3” on center is my plan. I am trying to decide if I need to flatten first then drill or drill then flatten. I’m guessing flatten first.

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

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 11:12 AM

I’d flatten first to.

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 12:41 PM

+1 to DonW

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#9 posted 08-12-2013 03:38 PM

Great action shots Eric. I bet that plow plane sings a beautiful song.

The top is looking great. I think you’ll like the tool well. At least I do. Make it much easier to keep tools from falling off the bench. I little compressed air cleans it out in a second.

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

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#10 posted 08-12-2013 03:48 PM

Eric, well done!~ Benchtop is looking great, I’ll be you can’t wait to use it. On the ‘ramp’ discussion, how about including one on a single side and see how you like it?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 08-12-2013 08:21 PM

I kinda like the idea of one ramp… my OCD might win out and include a second one though.. you know… to keep things even lol.

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

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#12 posted 08-16-2013 09:32 PM

Awesome post. I am quite behind but this bench is going together very nicely.

At least one ramp needed though. Not a toolwell fan (even though I have one), without ramps it would REALLY by annoying to clean up.

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

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