Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! #1: The plan

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 05-22-2009 03:42 AM 1401 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I cant Plane a Dang thing on my “assembly” table to slippy and no place to clamp anything.

So I got MAD (as I usually do) and Used this as an excuse to build a Workbench!

I did allot of reading and research and I bought this wonderful book – Its By Christopher Schwarz and called “Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction and use”

I Picked the “Last” one in the Construction and use part but Modified it a bit for what I wanted it to be when it grew up.

Its gonna be 7’ long, the top will be 4” thick and 24” wide. The Legs are 5” square with huge Tenons
that will be Pinned into the Top flush with the sides. It will have a Side Screw “Leg” Vice and a Crochet
on the Left Side and sliding “Deadman” that will allow me to handle Jointing up to 8’ or so stuff.
The Design in the book used a “tail” vice that he added as an after thought.. I went out of the gate with a Twin Screw double for the end. Ill install a plane stop on the other side and Also allot of holes for hold fasts and such.

So without further ado Here we go..

  • Quick note on Glue and SYP – Its got SAP allot of it… The book recommended a Acetone wipe down before you put the glue on I am following this advice and ya can check with me in 4-5 years and see how its holding up! *

This is the Cut List I used (Its Wrong but perfect if you can find perfect wood.. I am going to have to buy two more
2×12x8’s bacasue after I fixed the faces of the ones I had to glue them up they are not 1.5” anymore.

So We cut all that wood up and sized it (oh oh.. the Wood it SYP Standard Construction grade) You could buy 2×4’s but None are straight, the Bigger the better! Mine were mostly 2×12 or x10 because you get flatter boards that way… (You also get “CLEAR-er Wood” Less Knots the better. By cutting them in half and then to width you also wind up with a lot of 1/4 Sawn wood and that is good to! You Cut what your are going to glue up that day. Once this stuff is cut and sized if you let it rest your screwed and that is why I have to buy more wood.. Total cost was 156.89 and I had a $25 off so the wood with tax about 132 or so… (except the two extra sticks I am going to have to buy). Some of the waste is cutting and then realizing I only have like 24 clamps and only about 16 that are big enough to glue up stuff.. I was able to glue up two legs at a clip but it took most of the clamps to glue up the table pieces… I am making 4 6-ish” wide slabs. Then Ill Glue them up to make two 12”s… so I can use my lunchbox Planer to thickness them… Ill glue the whole mess up and use a big old Jointer plane to clean them up the rest of the way.. (I don’t have a huge Planer…) and the 17.5 Jointer is a LN LA sweetheart! (I love excuses to buy new tools also!.

This is what I bought (per my cut list…)

Next Installment the Legs!

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 03:49 AM

Looking forward to seeing the pictures!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 04:13 AM

I agree with Lew about the pictures. You made a good choice with respect to the bench design and wood choice, in my opinion.

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 04:55 AM

I previewed it and pictures where there… Sigh… Ill fix it..

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 07:20 AM

good start

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