Life as an Amateur Woodworker #32: Christmas Present to myself!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 12-01-2014 10:35 PM 1627 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: Time to think about Christmas! Part 32 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 33: My Gazebo Project is well underway! »

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!” :)

Job done…

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

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 11:16 PM

Happy Christmas Phil!

Nice bench!

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 11:19 PM

Wow a mahogany bench,you are being nice to yourself :))
Very nice work.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 11:38 PM

Thanks for the comments!

Here in Colombia, mahogany is used as construction lumber, I couldn’t believe my luck when I moved here, it is really cheap in comparison with Europe, where I had to save up just to buy enough for a mantelpiece or shelf, nearly everything I build here is in mahogany :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 06:32 PM


Hope you had a great Christmas! Nice construction techniques. New is nice! LOL! Be sure to post the new bench? maybe I might even get an email? NAW! LOL! Do you celebrate BoxDay? Just heard about it as a holiday in England?

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 01:02 PM

Hi Tom, thanks for the message, I have emailed you ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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