John White's new-fangled workbench #3: everything but the pipes and tabletop is together

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Blog entry by ben posted 12-17-2007 05:58 AM 4366 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Here she be:

I have the pipe already cut (just not in the picture), and ready to be installed. The top frame piece is not screwed in place yet, since I need the top before I can do so. At that time, the fixed vertical and horizontal pipe pieces will get put into place.

Had my share of mistakes to make this take longer than it should. Lessons from this weekend:

  1. Draw out everything in sketchup. My cherry back benchtop will have to be 1-5/8” inches, because I tried to get the face-clamping pipe holes as high as possible, thinking that it would be more stable. I accounted for the height of the other pipes, but not the back benchtop width. (This meant re-milling 4 pieces to new width.)
  1. Writing orientation and notes on the wood is good. Reading your notes before cutting is better.
  1. Printing out the plans is better than trying to avoiding walking across the driveway in the blizzard, and going by memory.

In any case, no real harm done to anything but my pride. I have some extra pipe holes on 2 pieces, and few extra drill holes in some others, but it’s already solid, and just needs a top for the back.

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 07:12 AM

Looking good, ben. What did you decide to go with for fastening the top to the rest of the structure?

Wow, I wish I had enough room in my shop to make mine that long. I agree, notes are good. I can’t do without them.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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