Work Bench Build #4: Leg stretchers, Tool well frame, Top glued, and Wagon vise made

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« Part 3: Tenons on Legs, Mortises in Slab, and bottom board cut out Part 4 of Work Bench Build series Part 5: Wagon Vise completed, endcaps bolted on, and top flattened. »

Was looking back and realized I am way behind in the blog vs actual progress…

So, I guess I’ll just jump right in with the pictures.

First, I bored, chiseled, and cut the mortise and tenon joints for the stretchers from front leg to back leg.

Not sure why my camera was having such issues with color.

Then I bored and pegged them. Pegs are left long so I can still remove them more easily until I glue them in place.

Then I cut dovetails for the tool well frame, endcaps, and front apron piece.

After that, I marked out the area that I’d be removing for the wagon vise in the top slab.

And cut out a good chunk of the waste by saw.

Pictures got a little sparse at this point, as I forgot my camera at my apartment when I went to the parents’ place for a day. But I used the router and some straight edge guides with a bearing guided bit to hog out a lot of the waste.

And a little bit of #78 action and some chiseling to get rid of the rest that the router bit couldn’t reach

Then it was to the basement to glue the front apron on

That concluded Saturday. So on Sunday I glued the bottom piece on to the benchtop

I had also routed out a groove for one side of the wagon vise block

Then glued together some scraps to make the wagon block

Clamped the post drill to the back side of the bench to drill the hole in the wagon block to be threaded

And then tapped it with the wood tap and die set I bought

And with the “test” screw

Now we’re up to date. Tonight I made the actual screw for the wagon vise. Used the threader, and now cutting it to length

And then putting the groove in it for the garter plate

And cutting the end square

And cutting a square hole in a 2” piece of maple dowel I got from Mauricio for the hub

Glued and pegged the screw threads and hub together

And test fit it with the wagon block. Fits perfect

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m all caught up again :-)

Thanks for checking it out

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#1 posted 464 days ago

Lookin good Mos. The wood threads are sweet. I love how dedicated to the hand tools your are.

-- Red -- "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY." -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 464 days ago

Thanks :-)

Some of it isn’t so much by choice lol I live in an apartment, so the only time I use power tools (other than cordless drills) is when I drive to my parents’ garage, about 35 minutes away. That and I can’t really have much that I can’t carry up and down the stairs, or in and out of the patio door in the summer… lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#3 posted 464 days ago

Hooray, hand tools. Lots of skill and dedication on display here.

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#4 posted 464 days ago

Fantastic work Mos, thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 464 days ago

Thanks Brian and Waho. It’s not perfect, but it’ll work. I hope lol. If not, I can always remove the wagon block and make a new one lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#6 posted 464 days ago

Chris, thanks for the update. Keeping a blog up to date is a chore in and of itself.

What is it about the wagon block that you do not like?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#7 posted 464 days ago

Always amazed by work done with hand tools. Keep up the good work.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#8 posted 464 days ago

Showing some great craftsmanship here.

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#9 posted 464 days ago

Thanks guys :-)

Scotty, I’m ok with the block for now. If I lower the back side of the endcap it works better. When I tapped the threads in the block I don’t think I got it perfectly straight, so it wants to wobble a little. If I lower the back of the endcap, then it binds less, so I’m going to test out whether or not that’s feasible, seeing where it puts the back of the tool well. It’s also about 1/16” below the surface of the bench but I’m not bothered by that as much, especially since I haven’t flattened the top yet.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#10 posted 464 days ago

good job

-- Joel

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-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#12 posted 463 days ago

Sweet work, Mos! Very inspiring…

Love your dovetailed end caps and tool well wall! Much, much nicer than my solution! :)

AND, you are building this awesome bench in an apartment…up three flights of stairs? Wow! Keep it up, bud!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 463 days ago

Great progress Mos, you’ve been holding out on us man. Hey be careful those pegs don’t break off after repeated insertion and removal. Happened to me once, I had to drill it out with a ¼ bit.

I love your creative mounting of the post drill. That thing is so sweet.

Cutting the end of the screw square might have been a little overkill but it looks cool. Aint no way that’s going to slip.

The wagon vise looks so cool with it all made out of wood!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 463 days ago

Hey Mos, what about if instead of moving he end cap down, you just shave some wood off the bottom surfaces of the wagon block? You can always glue on a little more to the top surfaces?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 463 days ago

Thanks guys.

Yeah Terry, hauling it to my parent’s place to work on isn’t the most fun task… that slab ain’t light (but it’s a LOT lighter than that freakin’ post drill…)

Mauricio, I’ve only removed the pegs once since I put them in, and that was to do the front stretcher. I don’t intend to remove them again until I glue them together. They aren’t so tight that they’re hard to pound through. Nothing is draw-bored, so there’s not a whole lot of pressure on them.

I could add a little piece on the top of the wagon (above the threads) but then I’d also have to drill out fill, and re-drill for the aluminum slider block on the other side, which sits in a groove. That would be more of a pain.

I may also try just using some files on the bottom side of the hole in the endcap. I have to see where I need to be at for the tool well to be in the right plane, and go from there.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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