I guess this would technically be the second part of the workbench build, but I’m new to LumberJocks and didn’t know about the series thing. So my first blog post should serve as the intro to the bench.
It’s the Holtzapffel workbench (why do I have to spell that a few times before I get it right, every time!) without the giant twin screw face vise. Instead, I’m just using a Lee Valley regular front vise on the face, and a large front vise on the end. Made to my own dimensions, of course, because I can NEVER build anything exactly to plan. I have to fiddle with things, it’s my nature.
Took me forever to decide on a length for it. Finally came down to “pick something so you can actually CUT the damn wood, woman!” Aiming for a 5 1/2 ft long, 30” deep, 32” high, 3” thick top bench.
Trying to find the best 6 ft length out of the 8 ft boards I have. I probably could have picked some better wood, but I was a little limited. Overall, I don’t think I did too badly on the wood choice.
Nearly had heart failure when I turned one board over and found this evil thing staring at me:
yeah, you can be sure that bit didn’t make it into the bench!
So I managed to cut 14 boards out of 20 to rough length before I encountered a problem:
Do you see the problem? :P No more room on the sawhorses!! Oh, darn…that just means I’ll have to stop at the store tomorrow on the way home from work and get more…what a shame…
I did break my favorite tape measure tonight, though. :( I’ll have to get another one tomorrow, too. And, knowing me, I’ll manage to walk out of the store with more tools than I intended. Why is collecting tools so addictive?!?
So that’s progress for today. More than I thought I’d make, actually. Means I’ll have time to set up my new grinder that just came today and maybe get some sharpening done.
Gotta go make dinner! A woman’s work is never done :)
-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!