First Work Bench #1: Humm I hope i don't cut my fingers off.....

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Blog entry by Smeric28 posted 06-03-2009 04:39 AM 1266 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, after looking around a bit i was surprised to find a work bench that solved my exact problem. The “Simple, Sturdy Workbench” from the second season of “Getting started in wood working” from was billed as a work bench you could build without owning a work bench. As far as I’m concerned this is a fantastic idea. I’ve seen all these projects and beautiful workbenches the pro’s use in all the pod casts i even found some tutorials on how to build them but was left scratching my head wondering how to plane up some beautiful mahogany when the wood won’t hold still :) the project calls for the top to be made from 2 sheets of laminated 3/4” mdf and the legs to be made from 4×4 and 2×4 from a home center

-- "Think harder, Homer."

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 05:32 AM

sounds to me like you got it figured out already !
go to store ,
buy stuff ,
go home ,
read plans ,
cut boards ,
assemble .!
p.s. dont forget a wood vise and some clamps .
plane mahogany !
have a good time .
and work safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 05:41 AM

What David Said

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 07:03 AM

yup – thats my current workbench (except for the top) – it’s surprisingly sturdy (although mine is not the knockdown version FWW shows – but mortise and tenon and glued in) and works great!

here’s a tip for ya:

instead of buying several 2×4 at BORG – but 1 2×12x16’ SYP (and have them cut it down in half in length if you can’t transport it home full length). this will give you 6 2×4 (8’ each), but because of the nature of the 2×12 and the fact that it’s supposed to carry higher loads – it’s a clearer board and will have MUCH less knots in it then the 2×4 you’ll find there. – worth checking out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 09:43 AM

sounds like a good start. Give it a good workout when it,s done.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 12:54 PM

Lucky you, my bench is STILL lumber laying on the floor…


-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 01:54 PM

The thinking has been done so get to it and post some pics.

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#7 posted 06-03-2009 06:56 PM

Is it the beam type workbench? If so, I can tell you that I have made one and they are great. I have a pretty good Swedish traditional bench with front and rear vises, but I find the beams a lot more flexible for just about any type of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 08:12 PM

yea it’s a beam type, it uses threaded rod /dowel pin to hold everything together. The streachers have dato’s running down the inside and are bolted through the 4×4 legs.

-- "Think harder, Homer."

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