Woodshop building experience

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Blog entry by CapnRon posted 06-07-2007 04:38 AM 944 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I left off with a history of my woodworking and my future wood shop plans. As I had mentioned before I felt it was time to start my first workbench. The process of building the shop I had played around with some layouts for all the tools, storage, etc. I always wanted a big bench so I spent months looking at plans, pictures and writing notes on aspects that I wanted to include. I couldn’t afford a maple top and read that pine could be a cost effective option. So I started my design, I planned on a 28”x 96” bench which would be centered in the shop. The height would be 37”; just below the plane of the table saw to serve as a outfeed table. The bench would include both a front vise and an end vice, a sliding deadman on one side and a series of drawers on the other. So I got started. I spent $150 in materials (not including the vise) the legs are 3×3 glue ups the lower strechers are 2×10 and 2×5 upper strechers. All the joints are tennoned the lower are reinforced with bolts (bed style) and the other are pegged. There was an issue on the lower strechers. The bolts were not drilled perfectly stright so the holes used to insert washers and nuts are sloppy looking, no big deal since who looks at that, right? The top is made of 18 2×4 which were glued up in three sets. Each set was planned then glued together for the final size. There were some more issues in the final glue up, because I used the 2×4’s which had a little twist one end didn’t glue up as nice as I would have liked. I’ll end up cutting a foot off the final length. So at the moment thats where I stand, the top is glued and the stand is assembled. It feels rock solid but we’ll see when I start to do some hand work on a large piece. Next time I’ll have the vise installed and the top attached. I know I’ll have a little hand work to level the top, then drill my dog holes and build the ledge for the deadman. Pictures to follow soon.

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#1 posted 06-07-2007 04:40 AM

Looking forward to seeing the pictures. Sounds like your learning and enjoying yourself.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-07-2007 05:04 AM

How did you flatten the top? Router, hand plane, belt sander, etc? Waiting and wanting to see pictures, please!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-07-2007 05:07 AM

pictures pictureS picturES pictuRES pictURES picTURES piCTURES pICTURES PICTURES!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-07-2007 08:16 AM

If you haven’t met Mot yet – let me fill you in. He can sometimes be a bit inpatient, inpatienT, inpatieNT, inpatiENT, inpatIENT, inpaTIENT, inpATINIENT, inPATIENT, iNPATIENT, INPATIENT!

I am looking to build a bench. I am interested in how your bench turned out, so of course photos are requested!

Sounds like you are indeed having fun!


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