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Blog series by RobNPHX updated 03-26-2017 07:26 PM 2 parts 1121 reads 3 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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