Workbench Build #6: Still working on the top...

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 06-06-2011 01:14 AM 3805 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Slowly but surely…..........

Instead of a tool till, I added a back rail with slots cut in to store some bench tools. Made from hard Maple, but not as nice as the bowling lane Maple. I cut the slots at various depths with a dado blade on the table saw – used Miller dowels to install since the gluing surface is limited:

Also glued up the end caps, vice faces and fron apron using Maple and Jatoba lams:

Next – created a tongue on the ends of the top using the router and 3/4” spiral bit, using VERY swallow cuts!

This is a concept that I borrowed from “The Essential Workbench” plan from Fine woodworking. The only difference is I used a Skil saw and straightedge to cut off the end of the tongue instead of a jigsaw…..actually tried the jigsaw first, but that ended badly….....

Next step – cut the mating dado’s in the end caps and contemplate whether I will attempt dovetailing the front apron into the end caps…....hmmmmm.

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 02:28 AM

I can not wait for the out come. Coming along very well Jeff. Your skill is showing. You have to build a special mallet for your new bench.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:38 AM

Hey Dave – really appreciate it…..........I really couldn’t even imagine taking on a project like this a few years ago – but hanging around this site makes you realize that practically anything is possible…..

I like the mallet idea…..I do have a little Bubinga in the wood room…....thanks man.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 02:41 AM

Wow, that is looking really nice.
I have been there, done that, and it was scary to me too.
It will work out though. Just go for it.

Again, good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 02:51 AM

Thanks Steve – really appreciate it – I am going to go for the dovetails – I bought the saw (so I HAVE to) – plus it kind of a right of passage I think….....Thanks for comments.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 04:14 AM

Hi Jeff,

This is getting even more challenging now!! I like the back rail idea too.

Hand dovetails is the less such nice workbench deserves. So I wish you the best.

What to say on dogholes. I saw you in a shopping spree for some Stanley brace and auger bits.

On the mallet, mmmmmmmmmmm, you can use some recycled pins. :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 04:29 AM

Fernando – LOL! I forgot about the bowling pin mallets….I did see that post awhile back! As I recall they are Maple, so….........Wait for Craigslist to buy bowling pins…...hmmmmmm.

I haven’t committed to using the old Stanley brace and bits for the dog holes yet…...but I may at least give it a try…..we’ll see…:-)

Always great to read your comments.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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