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Blog series by BerBer5985 updated 633 days ago 11 parts 30057 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: The Stack of Oak for My laminated top

957 days ago by BerBer5985 | 1 comment »

The need for this bench started with the slipper slope of acquiring hand planes and since that time, I’ve been eyeing more and more handplanes and while I’m doing that and using them, I’ve been doing all my work with a ghetto rigged Rockwell Jawhorse (which is a great tool, but not ideal for handplaning). Sooo, after seeing so many nice workbenches and realizes I desperately need one, I started to acquire some hardwood for the top. My first bench will be using this recycle...

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Part 2: The top lamination

905 days ago by BerBer5985 | 2 comments »

I know everyone posts their workbench build, but I wanted to post mine too. Haha! I had a day off today so I milled my Douglas fir 4×4s as square on all four sides as I could. I was originally going to use a bunch of white oak flooring that we had taken up from a job but I realized that was going to be a lot of work to only end up with a 2” thick top. After milling the 4×4’s they are roughly 3 1/4” thick. Much better. I stacked them end on end to see how they would...

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Part 3: Flattening the bottom of the top

903 days ago by BerBer5985 | 0 comments »

I haven’t had much time to work on the bench since I did the glue up of the top, but tonight I finished tuning up my jointer plane which still needed the bottom lapped and the back of the blade lapped and sharpened. Then I tuned up my ugliest #5 which will now be reserved for fore plane duty with it’s sharpened 8” radius camber blade that I did tonight. Then I went work flattening the bottom. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s 99% which is good enough for me for the...

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Part 4: Mounting the tail vise

900 days ago by BerBer5985 | 4 comments »

I decided to go ahead and use the 7” woodworking vise as the end vise. I mortised it into the side all with a chisel and hammer. Next is the chop and dog holes. So then I can use it to prepare the legs which are already cut roughly to size.

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Part 5: Making Slow Progress...but Progress

899 days ago by BerBer5985 | 1 comment »

I didn’t have a whole lot of time in the shop this weekend between my son’s wrestling meet on Saturday and baseball tryouts on Sunday, but I had a few hours, so I jointed and planed the pieces for the leg 5” square leg laminations (but I didn’t have time to glue them up), I installed the vise chop only to remove it after I drilled the dog hole arbitrarily into the screws holding chop messing up the tips of the auger bit, and marked off where the other dog holes would b...

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Part 6: Getting the legs prepped

894 days ago by BerBer5985 | 0 comments »

I got a couple hours last night in the garage to prep one of the legs by hand. I wanted to see if I could do it all by hand and practice squaring up lumber using hand planes. Went fairly smooth. A lot of work, but not too bad. I do seem to have a problem that when using the jack plane with a an 8” radius cambered blade that I tend to get chip out bad on the back side. It happened on the workbench too. Are you supposed to work your way to the middle coming in from both sides or jus...

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Part 7: Those "Magic Mystery Legs".....

890 days ago by BerBer5985 | 2 comments »

So I finished cutting those “magic mystery legs” as Christopher schwarz refers to them. Making progress a couple spare hours at a time. Next comes the hardest part: Cutting the joints to attach the legs to the top. Don’t mind the clamps. I had a little cosmetic slip up. No big deal! Made a quick fix!

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Part 8: Legs art fitted in! Now to do the stretchers!

885 days ago by BerBer5985 | 5 comments »

Fitted the legs into the mortise and tenon and I was happy with 3 of the 4. The one mortise I got a little carried away with and there’s a little gap in the through mortise, but the sucker is tight and not moving, so I’m going to fill it with a sliver of Douglas Dir to fill it, but other than that, I was fairly pleased with the results for my first mortises of that scale. It’s so sturdy the way it is, it almost doesn’t need stretchers.

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Part 9: Legs and stretchers glued and drawbored!

867 days ago by BerBer5985 | 8 comments »

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 ...

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Part 10: Changing the Vise!

730 days ago by BerBer5985 | 4 comments »

I had used the self made twin screw for a while and I found it incredibly aggravating to work with, so I scrapped it and traded up to a Lee Valley cast iron vise most by Yost. I took everything out that was associated with the old twin screw. It was incredibly hard to screw in while holding the workpiece with the two screws, then it would rack like no ones business. It was a waste of resources. Oh well! So I mortised the new vise into place, attached with 1/2” lag bolts, made the v...

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Part 11: Things I would change next go round....

633 days ago by BerBer5985 | 1 comment »

After working on my workbench for a little while now, I’ve decided that there are things I would change for my type of work. #1 thing is the height. i went with the 34” based on Christopher Schwartz recommendation and I find myself bending over way too much even in hand tool working and planing. I personally think for my 6’ height, a 38” bench would have suited me better. I’m going to revise my current bench by adding flip type blocks to the bottom to bring i...

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