I decided that it was time to make something for me, and what better than a new Workbench, I have been making do, with the bench I made when living in an apartment, and had a micro workshop in a spare bedroom, now it was time for a man size bench.
The pile of mahogany to the left of the saw horse leg is my bench (that on the right is still the Kiosko / Gazebo roof!) this arrived on the 19th.
I then sorted the timber and cut the parts
The planks on the left are the top at 2.5m, the longer planks will be cut down to be the bottom shelf, but I wasn’t doing that until the bench was built, I learned the hard way!
I then planed all the timber but I had a problem…
The timber was saturated, not with water, but preservative, my intention was to bolt the table together rather than traditional joints, and for this I had to drills holes in all the rails using my pillar drill with a forstner bit
but it kept clogging, and I was forced to adjust the belt so the drill was going at full speed, preservative was flying in every direction.
Eventually I managed to get all the holes drilled, the holes through the legs and horizontally in the rails from the end to the bolt hole, I had to drill freehand, it took two hands to stop the drill being ripped out of my hands.
However I was lucky… definitely lucky it wasn’t skill, but all the holes lined up
This is a close up of the joint, I used 3/4” threaded rod
Yesterday, I got the top on, I had to do this in situ, because by now the bench was too heavy for me to move more than a few inches.
Today I fitted the bottom shelf, then planed the top using a No.6, which was no fun in 35°C
Gave it all a good sanding, cleared up and with a smile, said “Happy Christmas Phil!” :)
Even though summer has now come here, I can’t start on the kiosko roof, because my Wife has covered it in Christmas decorations, I touch it, I’m dead.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright