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Blog series by KellyS updated 09-15-2009 04:00 AM 7 parts 10730 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Forraging for building materials

08-18-2009 06:59 PM by KellyS | 4 comments »

So I’ve decided it is time for me to build my first workbench. I’ve recently gotten into hand planes and have been needing a good workbench for some time. I currently have the old steel crating that my tablesaw came in with a 2” chunk of pine for a top. Not trying to be disrespectful, but I look like someone on drugs swimming the 300 meter freestyle medly when I try to plane something. One foot on the base, one on the plane and one trying to keep the piece from sliding aroun...

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Part 2: More Forraging

08-19-2009 03:27 AM by KellyS | 4 comments »

Score BABY! I am always forraging for scrap lumber at work. We manufacture really big Air conditioning units, so we have crates, skids, big pallets, little pallets, lumber of all types, sizes, but most of the good stuff is around 48”long. I’ve recently stumbled upon some rough sawn 4×3s that our sheet metal is shipped on. Most of it is Poplar, I’ve found plenty of oak too, maybe enough to make the base out of…..I wonder if that will be wise to mix oak and poplar. ...

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Part 3: Pictures from the hunt - spoils of battle

08-20-2009 04:26 AM by KellyS | 5 comments »

Here’s where I go lumber shopping…The coolest thing is that it is all free! Just some extra time to sift and sort. Sorry for the blurriness, a combination of glare and good old muggy Georgia weather after a thunderstorm. Here’s a couple pictures of the wood I’ve found. An oddball piece of Curly maple and a piece of Walnut. Not perfect, but I think I’ll be able to come up with some idea for them. Ok, So I’ve found these nice pieces of poplar an...

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Part 4: New found respect

08-30-2009 02:02 AM by KellyS | 5 comments »

Since I posted last, I’ve been busy working on my bench. I power planed all my reclaimed Poplar and while my wife was out of town this week, I starting laminating my bench top. Good thing she was out of town. The weather was bad and I don’t have enough room in the shop, so I glued everything up in our living room floor….l was careful to put down paper to keep from getting glue all over the carpet. Glad to have her back though, she helped me this morning with the final glue up., plenty of clam...

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Part 5: Planning for the Big Day

09-03-2009 07:06 PM by KellyS | 3 comments »

I have my top glued up and still in the middle of the living room floor. My wife has been pretty patient about this, but I think it is wearing thin. She keeps telling me I’m going to way up to a bunch of smaller cutting boards if I don’t move it soon. Gotta get going! I’ve got my legs sized and glued up and I’m ready to start cutting mortises. I took the day off from work so I could play a little tomorrow. Not had much time off here lately. All work makes Kelly stir...

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Part 6: Dry fit time

09-10-2009 02:00 PM by KellyS | 4 comments »

So, I took Friday off to work on my bench some and to get away from work. I ended up having a great day and being actually productive too. I got up early just like I was going to work, early in the morning I laid all my mortises and tenons out while everyone was sleeping trying to make the most of the day. I was plenty apprehensive about cutting these mortises because this was all the scrap poplar I had left and all the other mortises I cut in the past had been abominations. I set everything ...

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Part 7: Finish line is in sight!...Maybe. Are they ever completely finished?

09-15-2009 04:00 AM by KellyS | 3 comments »

I began working on the mortises in the top and had a complete relapse in talent. The first one was horrible. I used a drill guide I bought from Sears in hopes of everything being perpendicular and cleaner. Boy was I partially wrong. The first one came out horrible, but cleaned up so,so. I’m so glad this wasn’t one of the mortises in the base. I started trying to use a 1-1/2” fostner bit but eventually downsized to a 1-3/8” and chose to clean them up with a chisel. I was having a hard time sta...

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