Workbench Build #14: Some add on's......

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 01-23-2012 03:13 AM 6402 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much to post here – but still working on the bench project…....because of my general rule of “build as you go” it tends to bite you in the end. In this case, many of the dog holes are interfered by the base – so they are limited to short dogs (2-1/4” max) it goes.

Had more scraps of Jatoba from the bench build so made some dogs from scratch. I ended up turning some hard maple stock and sanded them for the perfect fit…..

When drilling the holes – they are offset by ~1/16” to compensate for odd boards or poorly aligned dog holes… think?

Also installed a lower shelf using pre-finished rustic hard maple flooring. No fasteners, just floats. It is captured on the front and back by some plexi-like material retained in the aluminum extrusion. The ends are captued between the legs and left an 1/8” or so for it to grow….

Here is what happens when you hang up the power tools for the day and relax with a cool beverage… decide that the front vice is to “plain” and you glue some tumbling blocks onto the empty space…...because you have a BIG bucket full of these little blanks that just don’t fit quite right and you really don’t know what to do with them…..

Thanks for looking…


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 03:23 AM

Jeff, you may be the first ever to have tumbling blocks. Looks like you are about done. Really sharp looking, congrats

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 03:25 AM

Nice job, this build is really impressive.
Thanks for insiring us with this bench build.
keep up the great woodwork.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:54 AM

Hey Shane – if you are in the market for some “really close, but not quite” tumbling blocks, drop me a line…:) thanks for the comments, appreciated…

559dust – really appreciate the comments – makes it all worthwhile.

Forgot to mention – pic 3 shows the mallet blank that matches the bench…..still to come…:)


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 04:50 AM

Wow. Pimping your bench.

It also looks so different with all those holes. Kind of neat.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 05:27 AM

Jeff those dogs aught to last forever. I am making a plane and chose jatoba for the sole. I have been hand planing it and OMG its hard. Cut myself twice, on the wood.
The bench is chugging right along. Looking good. I was doing just fine till I hit the picture of the vice. There you go again with the optical allusions. That was cool.
he floating bottom is a plus in my book. Something will spill or ding it good. Just yank it out and go again.
I need a bandaid;(

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

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 05:40 AM

Matching bench dogs and a matching mallet! Gotta love that jatoba. I have a bunch of it and it makes for great tool handles and mallets etc. Great work on the bench. I love the tumbling blocks, too (they’d even look a little nicer if they were inlaid). :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 06:09 AM

Hey Steve – I am really glad that the hole drilling is over…that was getting to be like work…..:( Thanks for the comments….

Dave – yeah the Jatoba is some tough stuff…..these little pieces aren’t so bad, but cutting those long pieces for the bench had me freaked out a bit….it has some attitude…Thanks man.

Brandon – Thanks for the comments… you know since you’ve worked the Jatoba, inlaying the tumbling blocks into the Jatoba vice face would lead to cussing and regret… least for me…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 06:58 AM

Great work bench. Awesome build. Like Dave said Jatoba is some tough stuff.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 07:08 AM

Hey Egor – thanks for the comments…..appreciate it… don’t post often so I am flattered that you posted here. You should post some of your projects…...really…..maybe the Jatoba ones first?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 07:29 AM

Nice bench dogs, nice bench!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 01-23-2012 07:41 AM

MMMMmmmmmmm Jeff. Good looking tumbling blocks on the vise. I foresee some chopping boards in your future. LOL

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 01-24-2012 04:56 AM

Thanks Smitty – much appreciated!

Fernando – The tumbling blocks have been glues into a big chopping block, but too many gaps! Never earned a posting…pieces of this chopping block are still lurking around the shop somewhere…....:) Maybe they will show up one of these days…


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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