Workbench Build #12: I'm back - let's finish this....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 01-14-2012 05:39 AM 6510 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – the bench build is back – APPRECIATE all the support in the previous posts….even tho that was a long time ago….:)

I don’t know why, but the dog holes in the top of the bench have been a drag on me…....yesterday I decided on a plan and today I made some dust and some burnt Maple.

I keep a router with a plexi base on it for various tasks and this seemed like a good choice for this. Note there is a square block under the plexi establish the offset…..

I laid out the spacing of the holes and then I cut a special dowel to index the spacing of each hole from the edge of the plexi base:

Had to reverse everything to do the back side:

Still have the bore the holes all the way through the top, but it’s a start….....

More to follow….

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 06:37 AM

It’s lookin real nice Jeff. Nice to see some progress. I’ve been in Mesa AZ since Dec 8th dealing with my father-in-laws passing so I had to cancel my last show in Dec and fly out unexpectantly. The weather has been nicer here then I would have expected in Seattle but I missed Christmas with the family and New Years. Get to go home in a couple of weeks and get back to the shop. I have three orders to fill from my last show so I am anxious to get back and start on them. I really want to try out that new sander you and I talked about. I looked at the sander set up you posted and that really looks like a sweet deal. I have read about them and your pics really put things in perspective. I was hoping to get some mesquite to take back with me but I’m having a little difficulity in finding some. Guess I haven’t contacted the right people to get connected. I’m driving back so I WOULD MAKE ROOM FOR SOME….....:-) Always happy to see what ever you produce out of your shop and love seeing your shop exploits. Keep it up.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 06:43 AM

Looking good, Jeff. I bored my dog holes with a plunge router as well (finished up with a spade bit). What type of router bit did you use? I had a spiral bit and it worked pretty well.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 07:10 AM

I was wondering what state your bench was in. Looks as you have gotten some new wind in your sails. Are you going to have to remove it from the base to bore the rest of the way? I was boring mine and hit the vise screw. You can guess what that did to my bit. I know better but just in a hurry.
She is coming right along Jeff. Keep us posted.

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

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 04:02 PM

Looks great Jeff.

I did mine pretty much the same way with an indexing router. But I found finishing the hole all the way through with a drill was a real bugger. I hope yours goes better. Some of mine I did not even finish (it gets old). Maybe your post will inspire me to go for it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 05:13 PM

Hey Jim – sorry to hear about your father in law. It is nice you found the time to get things settled in Mesa, plus not a bad place to be this time of year! Looking forward to seeing the sander….

Brandon – I wish I had a spiral bit, but ended up using a straight bit – call me a cheap-skate…..I would really like to take out a loan sometime and buy me a solid carbide 3/4” spiral bit, but I don’t know anyone that sells them??

The straight bit burned some, but in the end – it got the job done…..the holes are oversize more than a care for (they mic at .780 or so) but I guess that’s better than undersize. I also remember Steve (SPalm) saying the holes on his bench shrank so maybe this is just what the doctor ordered…..?

Dave - you got it – next step is take the top off to finish the holes – picked up some leather also to line the twin screw – so I think I’ll remove that before drilling also – otherwise I’ll have a matching bit with you.

Steve – I see what you mean about finishing the holes – I tested a couple of them and I can see it will take some time….....

Question – any reason why I can’t drill a smaller hole through to the bottom of the vice chops? Instead of drilling the the full distance at 3/4”?

Thanks for all the comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 05:34 PM

The spiral bit I used was cheap—HSS not carbide. It was about $15 (free shipping) from MLCS. If you have more boring to do, you might want to consider it. The holes were only about 1 3/4 deep, I finished them off with a forstner bit, then a spade bit. I drill the spade bit just enough so that the pilot part broke through the underside, then I drilled upward from the underside to avoid tear out at the bottom.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 05:38 PM

Hey Brandon – thanks for the tips – I will give a try here shortly!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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