Workbench #4: Dry Fitting the Base

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 09-07-2010 03:37 AM 2572 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: AAAHHH!!! My Top!!! Part 4 of Workbench series Part 5: Completed Base! »

I know I said it would be a while but I just can’t stay away. My wife says I am obsessed and she is getting jealous. I have got to get this thing done before she kicks me out!
I had to work today and didn’t think I would get a chance to get to do anything in the shop but luckily I did. I fitted half of the tenons for the stretchers yesterday so I was really itching to finish. The first thing I did was hit the water stones. Man, that pecan is rough on your tools. I am going to have to get everything sharpened when I get done.
I love this about as much as you do.

It sure is worth it when your done and that tool cuts like it was intended to.

Here is the one I have been looking for all weekend. (the last one)

I sure do like the looks of this!

You know I just had to set the top pieces on it.

That’s it for now.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:41 AM

Moving right along. When you’re finished you won’t know how you got along without a good bench

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 03:52 AM

looks fantastic. theres something extremely satisfying about putting together a sturdy base like that.

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

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 04:21 AM

Hey, that is looking really good.
It will be a fine looking workbench for sure

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 04:38 AM

Very nice M&T’s. Looks good!

I agree. I’m getting attached to having a good bench. How else you going to hold a piece of wood flat, or on edge?

I’m almost wishing I made it bigger!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 01:19 AM

Clay that looks so sweet. your attention to detail is obvious. Nice work!

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 08:48 AM

hey where did you get that honing guide

-- Ben L

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 02:56 PM

I got it at Woodcraft. I just started building the jig/board that was in fww a couple issues back to go with it.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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