I knew today was going to be a good day.
Got out to the shop and started assembling the base. Well, back up a bit – had to clean up and organize some, move the desk/bench thingy to the wall and lay out where exactly I wanted the new bench to be placed. Once it is all together, it will not be moveable without a lot of effort.
Ah, on to the base. Laid the tape down where I wanted it to go and set the legs in place.
Added the stretchers
Right about this time, Dad came by. Perfect timing, an extra set of hands was helpful in bolting the stretchers to the legs.
Then we moved the top into place and carefully lined up the tenons and mortises. Didn’t want to go. Jostled it a little and it looked good, but still no luck. Got down to look under the bench, and it seemed about 1/32” off on one end. Gave it a good bump with my hand and it seated. Made a very satisfying “thunk”! Just for good luck, I used a mallet to give it a good whack over each leg. From the sound, you could tell it had seated just fine without the extra persuasion.
Dad wanted to see how the hardware worked so I hooked up the leg and wagon vise hardware.
I get about 4 revolutions with a good twist on the leg vise wheel. Awesome!
An aside – I ended up painting the Bencrafted hardware with a spray bomb. Color is Oil-Rubbed Bronze and I like the look. I’m hoping it will be relatively durable. Here’s the spray rack:
Also fitted the dog traveller today:
And made boards (hard maple) for a shelf underneath. Will be tongue and grove:
Had to notch the two end boards to fit around the legs. Got to use the leg vise for the first time!
With this end, I used the table saw to make as much of the cuts as I could and then finished off with hand saws. For the second, I just used the hand saws. Before now, never had a vise to be able to do this type of work easily. I think the hand saws will be seeing much more action.
Adjusted some of the tongues on the boards for better fit:
And at the end of the day, applied some Waterlox to the shelf boards so they can be installed tomorrow.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design