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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 02-16-2008 10:33 PM 2541 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A Slight Modification Part 3 of 2x12 Bench series Part 4: Sexy Legs »

Yesterday, I stopped by a certain big blue retailer to pick up the materials for my bench. I spent just a hair over $30.00 on a 12’ 2×12, some stain, some wipe on poly, and some Titebond II. I got started about 9 AM Eastern, and took lots of pics.

First, the aforementioned wood:

2x12

As I mentioned yesterday, I had them cut it into 6’ sections so it would fit in the Grand Cherokee. Also, the aforementioned liquid stuff:

liquids

As any rational human being would do, I started by firing up the circular saw and going to town chopping the 2×12 to more manageable sizes. First, the sections designated as the seat and the stretcher:

seat and stretcher

And, of course, the legs:

Legs

Now, the section for the stretcher is obviously far, far to wide to use as is…well, obvious if you know the design (and maybe if you don’t). So, I had to rip it down. I took a moment and made sure my circular saw blade was tightened down, to see if that could be the cause of some of my problems. Sure enough, it was loose, so now the saw can handle anything!

Here’s the ripped down stretcher with the rest of the boards being used:

boards

I then needed to plane the boards square and even. I decided to use by Norvell Shapleigh block plane, because I know it’s sharp. Well, the question is, is it sharp enough? Here’s the pic I snapped after the first run with the block plane:

run

I really was hoping to get to this point today, but figured “what the heck” and went to town. I busted out the jig saw and gave the stretcher it’s rough shape. I didn’t snap a pick of that unfortunately. However, I did get one of me ripping for the tenon on the end. The design calls for a through tenon with a wedge (wedged tenon I guess?), so ripping was essential. I used a Japanese “Z” saw for this function. Frankly, I don’t like it to much. It’s progressive teeth were a pain in my butt. Still, it did get the job done. Here’s the proof:

Rip

After that, I cut out the shapes I wanted with the jig saw on the legs. The tenons are visible on the top.

Legs cut

There was a lot done, and I feel great about how much got accomplished. There were some problems however. Apparently, my jigsaw likes to cut at an angle from time to time, so I’ll need to take the spokeshave and clean that up. Also, I managed to stab myself with a chisel while cleaning up the tenons. That’s the reason for those red splotches on the legs. I just hope I can get them cleaned up well enough!

Still, it’s coming along great. Tomorrow will be focused mostly on shaping the legs and cleaning up the tenons on the legs. Still, that’s a LOT of work, but I’m up for it!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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Les Hastings

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#1 posted 02-16-2008 10:53 PM

Hey Tomcat is that blood on those legs? Nice start, I’ll be watching till the end.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 02-16-2008 11:53 PM

Les,

Why yes it is. :) I figure I can say I literally put my blood, sweat and tears into this thing :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-17-2008 12:00 AM

I used to tell everyone that I make love to every project I build, so a part of me goes with it. But I think I’ve done a little bleeding on some of them to.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 02-17-2008 12:04 AM

Allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllrighty then ;)

I just have nothing to say to that first part Les. Nothing at all. ;)

As for the second part, I suspect, given enough time, everyone will bleed on a project or two. Wouldn’t you agree?

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-17-2008 12:04 AM

Tomcat,

You put “a lot our yourself” into this so far but it is beginning to take shape (I would choose another stain however- red just doesn’t cut it for a bench).

At least you are making some sawdust. I will be looking forward for the next post.

Be careful.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Tomcat1066

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#6 posted 02-17-2008 12:09 AM

Thanks Scott. I was trying to experiment with early staining techniques, and decided they’re just to darn painful ;)

Actually, the stain I have will, I think, enhance this project big-time!

One thing I did learn though…woodworking is an awful lot like WORK if you’re not careful!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-17-2008 12:12 AM

Looks like you are of to a great start! Keep at it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tomcat1066

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#8 posted 02-17-2008 12:13 AM

Thanks Gary! I’m worn out, but had a blast getting that way!

Possibly, the most fun I’ve ever had with clothes on ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 02-17-2008 12:26 AM

I hate when I get blood on my projects. I do it all the time.

-- Tony, Ohio

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Tomcat1066

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#10 posted 02-17-2008 12:29 AM

It doesn’t really bother me to much. Back in an earlier life, I made armour for rattan combat. We used to bleed on darn near every piece. It was OK though, because we found that if you bleed during the production of the armour, you didn’t bleed in the application of the armour :)

That mentality has apparently stuck around :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#11 posted 02-17-2008 12:40 AM

Looking good there TC. Before I read the post the legs did look a little . . . twisted. I have the same problem with my jigsaw. Im thinking its the cheap blades that I use.

I seen the red spot on the leg and thought . . . that looks like blood . . . he must be really working. Sure enough . . . it was. I dont think I have completed a project yet that does not have some of my DNA.

May I offer a suggestion? I wonder what the legs would look like with the same curve cut in the base. This would essentially give you 4 little legs instead of 2 big ones.

Anyhoo . . . Im looking forward to seeing Act 2.

Cheers

Oh . . . nice mallet ;-)

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Tomcat1066

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#12 posted 02-17-2008 12:47 AM

Thanks Zuki. I really don’t know what the problem is the saw, but suspect it has something to do with being a cheap, no-name jigsaw. The blades are Bosch blades, so I didn’t go cheap there…who knows.

As for the same curve into the base, I really don’t think the same curve would fit. I have been toying with the idea of putting a curve down there though, just a shallow one though.

As for the mallet…yeah, it’s great :) I finally got to use it for it’s intended purpose today!

Tom

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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mrtrim

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#13 posted 02-17-2008 03:35 AM

great post ! its looking good t c . as for the jig saw , my opinion its diffocult to get a sq. cut even on 3/4 in. stock and on frameing lumber i dought youll get one the blades are small and overheat easily . my rule of thumb with a jigsaw is to put very little pressure on the saws forward motion let the saw cut at its own pace . i have a middle of the road bosch and the blade goes forward and back as well as up and down and this feature is adjustable also it works better than the cheapies but still i dought id get a sq. cut on stock that thick . thats my 2 scents and my paypal # is … lol

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#14 posted 02-17-2008 08:12 AM

Very nice work, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

-- Eric at https://adventuresinwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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#15 posted 02-17-2008 01:17 PM

mrtrim,

Good to know it’s not just me! Of course, if I let the saw cut at it’s on speed, I’d still be cutting the first curve ;)

I now have a newfound desire for a bandsaw. What can I say.

Eric,

Thanks. I’m looking forward to sharing this when it’s all done!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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