My First WorkBench Build #9: Legs and stretchers glued and drawbored!

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 861 days ago 3996 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Legs art fitted in! Now to do the stretchers! Part 9 of My First WorkBench Build series Part 10: Changing the Vise! »

Ok guys, this part of the build has def been the most tedious. I cut that hole for the leg vise screw with a 2 9/16” fortstner bit that the drill press wouldn’t touch and my electric drill was stripping gears, so I did it by hand with a 10” Stanley brace! My elbow paid dearly for it but it worked. As it turns out, I’m an idiot and I’m thinking that where I drilled the hole is not deep enough for the jaw. It only leaves 4 1/2” between the top and screw. Big mistake! I also split the bottom of that leg with one of the drawbore pegs. With it being pointed, it acted like a large wooden spike and I hit it too hard and it split the leg at the bottom. I glued and clampled and I think it’ll be fine, but it ticked me off! So now that I have a nice large hole through the leg, I think I’m going to use the two vise screws I picked up from lee valley that were originally going to be used for a twin screw end vise and use them for a front twin screw instead of the leg vise!. I’ll use my lake Erie screw on my next bench which I’m sure I’ll make in the next year or two because I was very unhappy with how this one turned out. It was a big learning project and I made A ton of mistakes, some fixable, some not, but I learned a lot and it’ll certainly work as a solid workbench for now until I get the urge to build my next. I also think the twin screw will work better for dovetailing as I love to make dovetail boxes. I still have some small things to finish up but it’s almost there!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 861 days ago

looking good!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 860 days ago

You are almost the proud owner of a bench made to last a lifetime. I was curious if you milled the pieces for the top lamination by hand…or did you use power? I ask because it looks like you went with 4×4 stock and I was wondering if it resisted bending while hand-planing it as I theorized.

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

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#3 posted 860 days ago

I did all the glue up on the top with the jointer. I cheated but I didn’t want this bench build to take 4 years. I think they’d be fine with a hand plane. They seem incredibly stiff to me.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#4 posted 860 days ago

I don’t blame you there. If I would have had a jointer to use I would have caved on my bench too. I used 2x material and I think that was part of the downfall…now I have a very sturdy, but very ugly benchtop.

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

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#5 posted 860 days ago

Wow, that bench looks great! I am also in the midst of building a Roubo bench based upon Schwarz’s plans. It has been slow going (mainly due to job and family), but finding your blog makes we want to go out to the garage and make some wood curls.


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#6 posted 857 days ago

I love the drawbore mortise and tenon joints. Amazing what a little dowel will do to yank together a joint just as strong as can be. I also had a little split out on one of the joints I did on my bench from when I drove the dowel through. Don’t know if I gave that one a little too much offset, or if the dowel just didn’t want to follow as well.

I did the same as you, nothing a little glue and clamping won’t fix.

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#7 posted 814 days ago

So far so good!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#8 posted 735 days ago

Wow! Did you laminate the legs, they appear to be 6×6/

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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