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Workbench #5: Completed Base!

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 1449 days ago 1629 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Dry Fitting the Base Part 5 of Workbench series Part 6: Gluing the Top »

I finally got done with the base. When I started I really didn’t know how this pecan wood turn out looking when it was finished. I really like it! All the worm holes and spalting really make it unique. I don’t think I would want to build a big piece of furniture out of it but as a workbench it’s great. Know that the base is done I’m really excited to move on to finishing the top.

All the wedges are ready to go.

Just before the finish goes on we made our mark.

Here’s the finish.

Here it is applied.

Here is a close up of the foot.

Hopefully it won’t be to long before I can post the top glue up.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1449 days ago

spanking beautiful

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 1449 days ago

You and the boy’s are doing a bang up job…it going to be family heirloom…enjoyBC

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RonPeters

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#3 posted 1449 days ago

Can you explain the wedges? I understand that they expand the tenon, but I’ve never seen such a technique.

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

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 1448 days ago

Oh wow, that pecan looks gorgeous. The wedges look really cool in the tenons.
It may be too good to do wood work on….your wife will steal it for the dining room if you are not careful.

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

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Cato

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#5 posted 1448 days ago

Very nice work, and should last a lifetime or two.

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Clay Ortiz

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#6 posted 1448 days ago

Thanks, guys. Believe me I am going to use it.
Ron, I like the look of this joint better than using the bench bolts. The wedges and the tenons are both cut on 5 degrees. Then you drill a hole at the end of the slot so you don’t split the stretcher when you drive it home. It makes it permanent for sure and it looks good. Here is a link to the plan http://www.finewoodworking.com/PlansAndProjects/PlansAndProjectsPDF.aspx?id=2882
Mine is going to be about the same as the plan except I want a pattern makers vise for the front vise and I am going to order the Lie Nielsen version of the end vise.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 1448 days ago

That is a beautiful bench and I’m going to have to check out this whole series. I don’t remember seeing it. Great work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Scott R. Turner

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#8 posted 1448 days ago

Lovely.

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dmoney

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#9 posted 1448 days ago

wow that is pretty. I really like the pecan

-- Derek, Iowa

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 1448 days ago

Thats a lovely bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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AttainableApex

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#11 posted 1394 days ago

really nice

-- Ben L

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Ron Henricksen

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#12 posted 1394 days ago

Really beautiful job so far. I really love the wedges, and the wood is spectacular.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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