Life as an Amateur Woodworker #67: Work on the Workbench!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 01-25-2016 11:56 PM 760 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My workbench is now a little over a year old, although it is a great bench, I am not 100% happy with it, as the timbers have dried out, they have shrunk, and gaps have opened up between the planks on the top.

Also when I made the bench, I left the front plank higher than the others, so it would act like a built in bench dog

This worked, but it was not a brilliant idea, because it meant leaning over to work on the rest of the bench, when I needed flat space, or if I was gluing up. It was a bit short sighted on my part. Therefore today, I went into the workshop, still under Doctors orders, no bending or lifting.

I planed and sanded the front board until it was level with the others, which meant taking off about 1/4”.

Now the bench is reasonably flat, I need to buy a sheet of hardboard, or thin ply to top it and cover the spaces, this is a shame, but it needs to be done, and will also protect the bench surface.

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

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 12:07 AM

Have you thought about routing out something like a 1/2 inch channel or dado in the gaps and inserting a filler strip. Using a contrasting wood could make it look lie the sole of a sail boat or old woodie surfboard. But suggest waiting till the wood has shrink to near final dimension first.

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 01:44 AM

Hey Phil,

Good to see you in the shop! it keeps your mind focused on problems you have some control over? I’m building a downdraft table. Realized it’s necessary during the cold weather if I’m going to work in an enclosed space. Maybe my way of avoiding making stuff? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 02:58 AM

Hi BlueNo2 that’s certainly an option, I think the shrinking has come to an end, after 13 months, my problem would be finding another timber, other than pine, most other timbers here come in shorter lengths, I would need 2.5m. Although it is a shame to cover the mahogany, I think a hardboard or ply top, might be more practical, and easy to replace.

Hi Tom, now there is a ‘Project’!! :) I would disagree with your last comment, I look forward to seeing the finished table.

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

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 04:29 AM

Will do a blog on the build as well!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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