I’ve been banging together a few projects here and there over the last couple of years and have acquired more and more hand tools. My current bench is a Sjoberg Hobbyist workbench (on sale at Woodcraft when I bought it for $100). It’s worked well, but i’m sick of it moving around when I try to do anything on it. So off to the internet I went in search of ideas for a bench. I’m a WoodWhisperer Guild member and his Roubo appealed to me…problem is…I do...
Some nice, tight, parallel grain peeking through and some hardware impressions that should lend some nice character if I can leave them. Here it is after stripping. I originally wanted to get a set of benches from this; one large one and one small one for kids. Don’t think there’s enough unfortunately. Selected these pieces for the top. They’re jointed and ready for glue up. Here’s a rough sketch of what this will look like. A few details haven...
Well made a bit of progress today. Glued this down a couple of evenings ago and could finish mounting the locker bulkhead this evening. I’ve added the lid for the locker. I’m not impressed with the fit of the lid but I figure I’m spending too much time on it fiddling and I might just fiddle myself into winter without getting 816 wet. I’m telling myself its for ventilation so the locker doesn’t get musty:-) I did deliberately leave a bit of...
The Roof on our Apartment building sustained a little damage this past Winter. After the snow melted, I found the remains of two Slate shingles, out of the hundreds that are up there… The one in the front didn’t survive the fall, but the one in the back put me of a mind to make something, if I can only square it up a little…Back in my landscaping days, in the late “70’s, we cut tons of Granite for Walkways and Stairs. It’s a lot of work, but relatively e...
I’ve worked with wood and been interested in woodworking since I was a child…some 40 years. Until now, I’ve never had the three things I needed to really explore that passion…time, space, money. To start off, I need a place to work so I built a simple workbench. I found these plans in Woodsmith magazine. the construction is simple, inexpensive and sturdy…just what I needed.
Since last entry, I’ve had time to both apply finishing touches, and get some shop time using the bench, and even put the first few battle scars on it. First up was applying some finish. I went with some Watco Danish oil (natural), and did about three coats, letting it dry for a day in between. I then put a thin application of paste wax to the top to help prevent glue & liquid spills from penetrating, but not too much as I didn’t want to make the top slick. Next up was a...
I’m still plugging away on the NF workbench. Weather here in ON has been cold so, it has moved inside for completion. My biggest hangup so far has been the math for the intersecting pipes. Everything fits in there – but it looks like I may have a hare over 3/4 from the benchtop to the pipe. I got a little carried away and made the well for the long clamps 12.5”. Next bench will probably be smaller, although my drill press fits in there pretty nice.
It’s Winter here and the White Season brings with it the need for heavy jackets…We have closets for them, but they’re upstairs… Most of the time, the coats end up hanging on the Chair-backs in our kitchen, where they are ready-to-hand… But no one wears the same coat every day, and we end up with half the wardrobe cluttering up the Kitchen!There was a need here for a simple place to hang our Winter “Stuff”... Yesterday, I got a chance to fill that nee...
Since last post, I was able to get some time to finish up almost the whole thing. First, I got to finish and fit the face vise. For that, and for all the “fixtures” (the face vise chop &pin board, the sliding deadman, the end cap, and wagon chop) I used a nice piece of 8/4 ash. I’d never worked with ash before, and I really love how it works. Passing over it with a smoother plane gets it silky smooth. For the face vise, I went with the Lee Valley screw hardware, as...
I know there are a lot of Roubo workbench builds posted in the last few years, but I have no apologies for adding another to the pile. Why did I start this? Mainly because my current bench is totally inadequate. It is a “weekend workbench” I’ve used for a couple of years now, built before I really understood what I wanted or needed. It is made with 4×4 and 2×4 pressure treated legs and stretchers, a laminated MDF top, 2’ x 5’ in size. It has a face vise...
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