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Building my Workbench #14: Not Much but Right-Side-UP!!

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Blog entry by HokieKen posted 07-18-2017 03:26 PM 636 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Still Upside Down... But Better Part 14 of Building my Workbench series Part 15: Little More Progress, Nearly Done »

Not much to say but I am so excited I just had to post a quick update.

Yesterday I assembled the base with the long stretchers fit loosely.

Then I wrestled the top onto it. Turned out to be pretty easy and I didn’t need any help at all. Just slid it on the base and then went around tapping here and there until all the mortises fell on their tenons.

Then I drove in the drawbore pegs for the long stretchers and the base is done.

Now I just have to pin the top to the front legs then I can re-mount the vises and tune them up.

Stay tuned! :-)))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!



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ki7hy

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#1 posted 07-18-2017 03:41 PM

Awesome!!!

Dude I have to go back and read about the split top. I can’t remember your thought process on that part and why the holes seem so big?? It’s looking awesome. Time to mount some hardware. It only gets even more exciting from here.

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 03:49 PM

The holes are 4” x 28”. They are to give me a tool well that doesn’t take up much space and still leaves a continuous surface front to back. I intend to make an insert for one side to hold chisels, saws, layout tools, that sort of stuff. I also plan to make the insert so it can be pulled up slightly for a planing stop. The other side will be left open for hand planes, hammers and other tools in use that I want handy but out of the way. At least, that’s the plan…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 04:08 PM

That’s a great looking bench. Now all you need is a cabinet below with some drawers.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 04:32 PM

Inserts….makes sense now. I like it. I’m a fan of the tool well so go forward! I approve.

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 06:58 PM



Inserts….makes sense now. I like it. I’m a fan of the tool well so go forward! I approve.

- ki7hy

Whew! I was afraid I was going to have to start over there for a minute.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 07:40 PM

As they say….keep calm and carry on. You’re approved.

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 10:32 PM

That bench is coming out awesome! It should serve you well for many years and maybe generations!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 07-19-2017 12:36 AM

Fine looking bench ya got there, Kenny.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 07-19-2017 12:46 AM

Thanks fellas. Evertime I walk into the shop
I kinda giggle like a school girl to see it sitting there fully assembled :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 07-19-2017 02:28 PM

I got up early today and finished pegging the top to the legs. It’s officially a single structure now! Screwed up though and only had enough Purpleheart scrap for 2 of the 4 pins for the top. So I turned down some Walnut for the remaining 2. Thought they’d look kinda cool next to each other. Honestly though unless you really look close, the colors are similar enough you don’t even notice :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 07-20-2017 12:30 AM

I promised you I would read your blog on this and today I did. Awesome job, and I love reading about the whole process. You are about 85% there ;-P Just don’t be a 90%er like me.


Awesome!!!

Dude I have to go back and read about the split top. I can’t remember your thought process on that part and why the holes seem so big??

- ki7hy

It helps if you read the whole thing in one day :)))

Okay, on to part 15!!!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#12 posted 07-20-2017 01:43 AM

I can’t handle that much Kenny in a day Duck.

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#13 posted 07-20-2017 01:48 AM

He might say the same about you ;-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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ki7hy

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#14 posted 07-20-2017 01:51 AM

I guarantee he would!

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#15 posted 07-20-2017 11:52 AM

Hell, I can’t handle that much Kenny in a day! No one can, just ask my wife ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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