Benchcrafted Shaker Bench, build underway #1: Progress to date on new bench

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Blog entry by RickL posted 08-13-2012 11:18 PM 2592 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally started the bench build following the plans purchased from Benchcrafted. Also purchased the complete hardware kit and everythingis included in that package with the exception of the wood. The first photo is the plywood carcass, 3/4” birch plywood, the second photo shows the face frame and end frame constructed of 1” poplar, half lapped joints on all, and the lat shows the back panel. Today I finished mounting the door on the side frame, and built the doors for the front. If you visit Benchcrafted’s website you can see a photo of their finished product and a better description of the hardware. I did not post that as I didn’t know if I needed permission. You’re only a click away. More photos will be added as I hit some significant milestones in the project. Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 03:52 AM

Nice work Rick. I’m jealous of your bench already. Can’t wait to see the progress, I will be following this build.

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 06:05 PM

Thank you Old K, I think the next post will be when I have the all the doors mounted and the drawers complete, hopefully soon.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 03:02 AM

Very nice start Rick. I always liked the shaker bench. I don’t know if you know but you don’t need to use the pin on the leg vise. Search “chain leg vise” and you will see what I’ve been working on. I started a blog a while ago and I imagine it’s buried pretty good by now. I’ll be following your build. Keep up the good work.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 09:21 AM

Thanks Jim, will keep plugging away. Looks like your blog took as much effort as the bench :) and it is well written . I have a blog where I post my work and the the stats indicate people stop by, it is rare to get a comment. The chain looks interesting, like you, I may layout/install the BC version just in case. Finishing drawers now, and expect more progress once I stop playing golf 3 times a week.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 12:49 PM

Congrats on the build! I haven’t started mine yet:( What are you planning for the top?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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