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Workbench #5: Completed Base!

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 09-09-2010 04:50 AM 1639 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 09-09-2010 05:16 AM

spanking beautiful

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2010 05:19 AM

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 05:40 AM

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 09-09-2010 07:40 AM

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 09-09-2010 12:42 PM

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

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 01:58 PM

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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#7 posted 09-09-2010 02:08 PM

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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#8 posted 09-09-2010 03:31 PM

Lovely.

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 05:39 PM

wow that is pretty. I really like the pecan

-- Derek, Iowa

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 01:02 AM

Thats a lovely bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 07:55 AM

really nice

-- Ben L

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 08:27 AM

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

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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