Workbench Build #13: Last of the holes + Some Leather......

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 01-15-2012 04:41 AM 6511 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday I used the router to create the start of the dog holes, today I bored them thru….... awhile back I bought some Irwin Speedbor bits on clearance – a 3 pack for $6.97…...a definite bargain, but they have been hanging on the hook since I bought them for 6 months or more…...until today.

These babies are bad to the bone – and actually a bit hazardous if you are not hanging on tight…..You need to run the drill at low speed but they cut this hard maple FAST. Steve (SPalm) if you’re listening – pick up one of these to finish those holes…...

And thanks Brandon (from my previous post) for the tips:

Had to remove the top from the base to clear most of the holes:

Ran a chamfer around all the holes including apron:

Eased all the edges of the bench as Purplelev pointed out in a much earlier post:

Next – picked up some cowhide from Tandy Leather and time to line the twin screw:

It kind of sucks to cover up that beautiful Jatoba, but I think the leather will be a good addition to the bench….and it seems to blend well with the Maple.

A couple of things learned with the leather – you can plane it with a sharp blade. You can drill it with a forstner bit, but I found that EASY DOES IT – just take shallow cuts from both sides and then clean up the fragments with a X-Acto knife…...thats how I did it….

Also – contact cement is very unforgiving – so good luck getting it lined up the first time…:)

A couple of parting shots:

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-15-2012 05:01 AM

This is really going to be a nice bench Jeff. It looks great. I always like to see some of your wood stash make its way into projects. Very well done. Cant wait to see it all complete.

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 05:10 AM

Hey Shane – appreciate the comments…...I am thinking about getting some of that Bubinga out out of the stack….maybe build some furniture?


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#3 posted 01-15-2012 05:30 AM

nice job, thanks for sharing.
The small chamfer on the dog holes looks really good.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 05:36 AM

Man o man that is one jimdandy bench. I really like the chamfer. And I am jealous you still have a Tandy store. They closed our years ago.
She aught to do a good job.
I might have asked this before but do you have a guess on the weight?

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 05:45 AM

Wow. Amazing bench!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 05:59 AM

Hey 559dust – Thanks!

Dave - they just moved the Tandy Store closer to my place, but honestly didn’t know we had one in the area before that….it is a cool store. And the sales guy was great….does upholstery work on the side….thinking about building some Morris chairs and let im do some leather upholstery… we’ll see.

As far as the weight – I really don’t know…...not heavy enough for all tasks….the top is 2-1/4” thick so I spose I could calculate the weght…..I’ll guess 164 pounds for the top…..:)

Hey Swirt- Thanks!


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#7 posted 01-15-2012 06:20 AM

Great work Jeff. Leather looks very nice.

With the holes, the bench looks much more ventilated. Very tidy.

Hey Superdav, with all the holes in it, and being so heavy Jeff will not be able to take it to the beach

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 06:25 AM

That aught to be plenty heavy.

Fernando that’s funny. Very funny. Jeff looks pretty good out there with that spiffy hat;)

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 06:44 AM

Hey Fernando - Thanks for posting your early sailing photos!! :) Appreciate it! Do you still eat off this table or???

Dave – after my previous post I googled Maple weight and found a calculator – I did a quick measure of the various bench top parts and converted to board feet and here are the results:

Granted – I didn’t calculate the loss of weight from the dog holes, but also didn’t calculate the extra weight of the Jatoba.

But I was within 1-1/2 pounds of the calculated weight which is freaky….....


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#10 posted 01-15-2012 06:50 AM

Great guess. That shows you know your wood.

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

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 02:32 PM

Hey Jeff.
Man, you do nice work. Love the chamfers.

I have that drill bit. My problem is that the holes have closed up a bit and that bit does not fit inside anymore. I just need to get a longer Forstner bit.

Looks great,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 05:15 PM

Wow Jeff, that is a fine looking bench! All it is missing is some nick, gouges and finish drips ;)

Seriously, that is going to be a joy to use.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 05:47 PM

Wow….great bench….awesome work.

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 05:51 PM

Well thanks Steve and Steve or SteveĀ² for short…:)

I did just sand off the finish drips before the drilling the holes, there are a few gouges as well…...I’ve been using the bench for awhile now, just missing those dog holes…

Next up – need to mix up some workbench finish and really stink up the house…...I just don’t remember the ratios: BLO, Turpentine and Beeswax….....anyone?


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#15 posted 01-15-2012 07:39 PM

Jeff thats one I dont know. Please give the recipe. I have a neighbor that is a bee keeper.

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

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