handtool workbench #5: no real progress still...

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 08-12-2013 03:34 AM 963 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: a bench to build a bench Part 5 of handtool workbench series Part 6: Musing while at work »

time, weather, work, other projects, overwhelmed by the dimensioning by hand, who knows the real reason but really haven’t made much progress.

Today i used my newly acquired table saw to get things a little closer in size, and my new “outfeed” table to see if it could take it, and it did it like a champ, did have some burning here and there though, due to user error im sure.

I mentioned before, the bench will be 2 ~12 inch slabs for the top. It will have a 2BDetermined gap in the center, guess it could be a split-top, still designing/redesigning details in my head.

Here is a 11 3/8” slab in a test glueup session using some advice gained from comments in previous posts. Put some of the bent boards sammiched between some straight ones, came together fairly easy, but i immediately noticed i have some more work to be done for the glue faces as there were some gaps between the boards i did not like. Picked up the slab while clamped together and can tell that the bench is gonna be pretty dang heavy when completed.

after doing this i went on to some other projects and cleaned out the pile of dust the saw left in and around itself. I threw it all in the fire pit, i built yesterday to compliment my newly acquired lawn furniture from a moving sale some city folk were having down the way.

see my SYP boards i have sitting there? have this project i wanna use them on, after i rip out the pith.

ablee ablee ablee, thats all folks…

N2S dust collection for Tsaw
“finish” shop arrangment

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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View PurpLev's profile


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#1 posted 08-12-2013 03:52 AM

looks good. and as long as you are mentally progressing in the project – you ARE progressing. sometimes a physical break allows you to reevaluate, and rethink some of the details, which longterm could actually be a good thing.

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

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 09:35 AM

I have had my fair share of “non-productive” days on my bench build. I find sometimes it’s handy to have a few instant gratification projects in the fire to get that sense of finishing something to get back on track.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-12-2013 10:29 AM

Small progress is still progress. Keep it moving.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 08-12-2013 11:21 AM

Looks promising, Justin! True, it’s a big task when starting, but it gets better. Pick off the ‘easiest’ of what’s in front of you, and pretty soon it’ll be done !

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 08-12-2013 09:20 PM

Justin, so far my bench build has been an exercise in hurry-up-and-wait. I tried to rush this past weekend and wound up going backwards a bit. Pace is good!
Hang in there.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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