Workbench build #3: Frame and Apron assembly

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Blog entry by RobNPHX posted 04-18-2017 02:02 AM 678 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been plugging away at this build, and had to bring out the router and electric drill to make this project in a timely fashion (so much for entirely done with traditional tools). I cut most of the mortises by hand, but ended up using a paddle bit to hog out material on half of them. The apron is connect to the frame with a dado housing, glued with a lag screw through the front. Not exactly what I had planned, but helped make the process a little quicker. I will end the second apron tomorrow. Got to use a #4 Ohio Tool Works smoothing plane I bought on Etsy for $30. It was in fantastic shape, and it works really well. This build should be completed tomorrow.

-- "Love eachother, make something with your hands, and exalt the farmer" - Nick Offerman

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#1 posted 04-19-2017 07:06 PM

That is a really good looking bench, much better than my first. I have one observation, you might want to rethink the bolts that show on the front legs. I can almost guarantee that sooner or late you are going to hit one of them with and edge tool and ruin the blade. Not a disaster but you might give it a thought. Good job anyway.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#2 posted 04-19-2017 09:22 PM

Oltex, thanks for the feedback. You’re absolutely correct on the bolts.

-- "Love eachother, make something with your hands, and exalt the farmer" - Nick Offerman

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