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Improved Workbench #2: Design and Beginning Construction

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Blog entry by Brian024 posted 04-26-2011 05:47 PM 3298 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: What to Improve Part 2 of Improved Workbench series Part 3: Top, Legs, Stretchers, and a little Assembly. »

Finally getting some work started on this build. In this video I go over the design of the bench, lumber selection/layout, and I begin work on the top. I know my method for gluing the top would have been easier with a biscuit joiner, but since the one I have is a piece of junk, I go this route.



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#1 posted 04-26-2011 09:55 PM

Thanks for sharing!! Is this bench something like finewoodworkings New-Fangled Workbench?
Thanks
WoodWorkingGeek

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 10:28 PM

Brian, looks like you got it going on. Looks like you also have acquired good jointer operator geomatry (ignore spelling) Keep it up

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 04:38 AM

Thanks guys. This is going to be very similar to the “New Fangled Bench”, just wider and not as long.

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 04:43 AM

Looking good.

Quick question? How tall are you?

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

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 05:03 AM

6’.

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 02:53 PM

34-36 might be a bit tall if you want to use hand planes, try taking a measurement of where your knuckle joint is on your pinky when you have your arms straight down.

That works well.

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

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 11:40 PM

It looks like you is off to a good start on your workbench project.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 11:40 PM

I did a quick test fit, you will see in a future video and the height is about 37”, which seems a bit tall but after looking at it and doing an “imaginary” hand planing technique, I think it may be ok.

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#9 posted 05-02-2011 05:12 AM

Looking good Brian. I am interested to see you pipe clamp setup. Great build and thanks for sharing. Oh thanks for the fast forward on the glue up. Its bad enough when I have to do it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#10 posted 05-03-2011 09:14 PM

That glue up wasn’t half as bad as the next one.

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