The New Workbench Journey

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Blog series by DrJosh updated 09-12-2010 03:45 AM 9 parts 22462 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: The Journey Begins

07-15-2010 03:32 AM by DrJosh | 2 comments »

I have been woodworking now, off and on as a definite amateur, for about 4-5 years now. And in all that time, I have never really had a proper workbench. I purchased a “workbench” from a local store that I assembled and then found to be very wimpy and flimsy. I also purcahsed a set of brackets for a workbench kit from Home Depot that I built using 2×4’s and plywood. That bench is better, but it’s still not a proper woodworking bench. I have built a nice handful of...

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Part 2: Design Ideas

07-17-2010 04:27 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

As I read all the workbench design and construction information that I can get my hands on, I find myself gravitating toward the old English joiners style of work bench. Simplicity seems to be the main idea with these benches. All of my woodworking to date has been powertool woodworking, but I am trying to get into some handtool woodworking. To that end, I think that I will design an English (Nicholson) style bench with wide front and rear aprons, but not quite as wide as what is typically fo...

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Part 3: Knock-down Bench Idea

07-17-2010 07:16 PM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

Looking back at some old issues of Popular Woodworking magazine, I found an article by Megan Fitzpatrick and Christopher Schwarz where they built a Roubo-style bench out of LVL material. The article was very good, but because I’m not planning on building a Roubo bench, the thing that caught my attention was the fact that they made the bench a “knock-down” bench with half-lap joints and carriage bolts. This is a very interesting thought and I’m now thinking of how I mig...

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Part 4: Almost Ready to Begin

07-19-2010 04:39 AM by DrJosh | 0 comments »

I spent over an hour this afternoon in my local Home Depot. After picking through their stacks of construction grade lumber, I was able to bring home some of the straightest, clearest 2×6’s and 2×12’s that I could find. It’s all now stacked and stickered in my garage shop to acclimate while my wife and I are oon vacation. When I return it will be on to start squaring, dressing the lumber and rough cutting the parts to size. Now that I have settled on a design, and ...

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Part 5: My Design/Plan

07-28-2010 08:00 PM by DrJosh | 4 comments »

Well, after much fiddling around with the design parameters and Sketchup (which I’m still pretty inexperienced at using), I have my “finalized” plan for my new workbench. I had toyed with the idea of trying to make this bench a knock-down bench, but I had difficulty figuring out exactly how to make that work. So, this will be a permanant build using glue, screws, and half-lap joints to connect the legs and stretchers. The top is going to be a doubled up slab of 3/4&#...

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Part 6: And so it begins...

08-02-2010 05:05 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

After letting the lumber I purchased get happy in my garage shop for the past 2 weeks, and playing around with and debating over various bench designs, I’ve officially started the process of building my new workbench. I decided on building a Nicholson-style workbench similar to the one in Chris Schwarz’s book. This weekend, began the process by milling up the stock for the bench legs and aprons. The leg blanks ended up at 2.5+ inches thick and 5 inched wide. The aprons have been m...

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Part 7: A Little Re-Do

08-11-2010 12:11 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

When I decided that I wanted to build myself a workbench, I realized that this was going to be my first real big project and as such it would be a major learning process. That said, learning is a good thing, but realizing that I screwed something up and I needed to re-do a part was very frustrating. OK, so I’ve learned a ton about the process of milling and squaring rough and construction grade lumber. I’ve learning a fair amount about using project design and using Google Sketchu...

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Part 8: Workbench Base Completed

08-17-2010 11:41 PM by DrJosh | 3 comments »

Well, it has been a while since I posted any update on my workbench build progress, but it has been in the high 90s with heat indexes in the 105+ range…so working in a non-climate controled garage shop was tough. I had to work in short bursts and that made for slow going in a one man shop. Anyway, I now have the base of my new workbench complete and I’m now building the top. The first pic shows the primary base construction.This second pic shows the same base with a few extra ribs...

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Part 9: The Finished Product...Almost

09-12-2010 03:45 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

Well after a long hiatus since my last blog post, I have made a lot of progress. It has been a long, sweltering, uncommonly hot summer here in Nashville, TN with temps in the 100 degree range with heat indexes of 105-110 degrees. Working in an open-air, non-climate controlled garage shop made it almost unhealthy to work on any project for long periods of time. And now that my semester has resumed at the university and my teaching duties are running full-steam ahead, I haven’t had much t...

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