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Workbench Project #1: The workbench project begins!

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 2465 days ago 956 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Workbench Project series Part 2: Making a base. Alternatively, learning to hate home depot. »

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I actually began this project around 6-9 months ago, when I got into woodworking, and I did some of the original work then. It is surprising how far I’ve come in what I know to do, and not do, since then.

I had a leftover benchtop that I picked up basically free from family friends.

It was not pretty! It had a fairly thick finish on the top though, so with some elbow grease and some scraping, I managed to clean up the top somewhat.

There is still a 1/8th inch cup to it that I’ll have to solve before I can count on the surface as being flat, but fixing that is for a later date. I needed something usable quickly.

It was joined by dowels, originally:

I bought some sized dowel cheap, just to fill empty holes, and glued then in and sawed (fairly) flush. I knew I’d end up trimming the sides back later anyway.



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Dadoo

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#1 posted 2465 days ago

I think I saw Norm Abrams make and use a jig that allows a router to travel back and forth across a cupped table, flattening the surface enough for sanding and planeing. I dunno, maybe it wasn’t Norm. (Swiss cheese memory here,; full of holes.) Anyhow, the theory is there and I’m sure you’ll find a bunch of good advice here.

Good luck with it and be sure to post the pics after it’s done!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Jon3

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#2 posted 2465 days ago

heh. Just wait a few minute and see the next few entries!

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#3 posted 2465 days ago

I’ll go one step up from Norm and say you should reference this topic about flattening wide boards with a router by our very own Mark DeCou.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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Dadoo

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#4 posted 2465 days ago

All-right JPW! Thats the one. I knew it was someone like Norm!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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