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Workbench #6: Gluing the Top

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 1409 days ago 5173 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would post an update on the bench. It has taken me a while to get the top together because I didn’t want to have any mistakes. I’m pretty happy with the results even though I did end up with two issues with the dog holes because of over sight.

The first thing I did was to get the pattern makers vise and a set of square dogs so I could get it laid out the way I needed it to be.

Here are the pieces before I cut the square holes.

This is my TS sled with the 3 degree jig clamped to it.

Here is the simple jig I made to cut the other grove for the dogs to drop into.

I also have round dogs that go with the face vise. This was on the plan but I added a row in the center of the bench. I thought I might use them for hold downs or something.

Here is one of the issues that I ran into. You can see where the row of round dog holes ended up on top of the leg assembly.

This is the other issue. The other leg also ended up where some dogs are. I’m not really worried about it though. I’ll just use the short round dogs and make a set of short wooden ones for this row.

It took every clamp that I have.

Here it is all stuck together.

I am planning on taking the top to a cabinet shop with a Time Saver close to my house to get it flattened. I hope to be pretty close to being finished by the end of next week. I’ll post the results as soon as I can.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia



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blackcherry

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#1 posted 1409 days ago

Supper table, and work bench all in one my friend…lol all kidding aside your doing a wonderful job on a family heirloom. This is going to be a beast of a bench, stay safe…BC

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#2 posted 1409 days ago

Wonderful job, thanks for sharing.

I hope to make me on next spring so I will watch your progress.

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jcwalleye

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#3 posted 1409 days ago

Very nice job. I hope you’ll continue and show how you mount your vices.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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dub560

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#4 posted 1409 days ago

looks powerful and strong like samson

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 1409 days ago

She really is a beaut

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

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TheGravedigger

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#6 posted 1409 days ago

I feel your pain on the dog holes. I discovered that problem when I got my new holdfasts. Drop one in the hole, clunk! It sits there 4in. above the benchtop. <sigh>

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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