Workbench build

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Blog series by RobNPHX updated 04-18-2017 02:02 AM 3 parts 2202 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Part 1: The need for a new, cheap bench

03-20-2017 10:10 PM by RobNPHX | 0 comments »

It’s been about 6 months since I purchased a bench from a discount tool store, and I am in desperate need of something else. The bench is cheaply made, and even for having glued the joints prior to assembly, there is too much sway and movement for hand tool work. The included wooden vise is falling apart, and the wood is cracking. Yesterday, I started to build out a new bench, constructed of Douglas Fir 2×4’s. At less than $3 a board, I couldn’t beat the price. I w...

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Part 2: Completion of the bench top

03-26-2017 07:26 PM by RobNPHX | 3 comments »

After about a week of work, I have combined all three laminated groupings to produce the final top. All of the leveling was done by hand with a low angle jack plane. Any twist has been removed, and the top is mostly straight and level – there are a very few, hard to see undulations in certain areas. This is only the second project I’ve done with this amount of planing. The first time was my small coffee table. I ran a 120 grit sand paper over it at the end. I used Titebond I...

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Part 3: Frame and Apron assembly

04-18-2017 02:02 AM by RobNPHX | 2 comments »

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...

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