There’s an article, by the well-known Christopher Schwarz, that tells how to make a workbench for about $175.00. I like that idea ;-) He raves about SYP, but … not much of that in my neighborhood, so …. I went with the dimensional Doug Fir, from the Depot. I’m working on the base, right now, but … here’s the top … before being trimmed to length: Got his recommended vise, bench dogs, and Wonder Dog, from Lee Valley. The top will dress ...
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...
My dear LJ friends and community! Please tell me what you like/dislike about this idea. the thought is to make a roubo workbench out of 4×4 nominal lumber (Lowes has 4×4 doug fir for about $1 a linear foot) This will be my first of two roubos, so this one is practice. The second will be “true to Schwarz” and made from big timbers with a big wooden screw (from Erie) and a real wagon vise (probably from bench crafted) – but this first one will have a metal scre...
Well I started the first step in building the Holtzapffel workbench. I went out last weekend and picked up some Douglas Fir for the bench and started to mill it up. I choose Douglas Fir for a couple reasons. First it was pretty cheap, I only spent about $150 on the lumber. Secondly, its a stable and stiff wood, which is good for a bench. It is also pretty hard for a “softwood”. I also used Douglas Fir on the small bench I built as a sharpening station. I like how it turned ...
Yesterday, I posted a taper jig project. The taper jig was used in my entry for the 2×4 Project. Before the taper jig was made, I had to locate a 2×4 to use. This was relatively easy. I knew a local lumber yard carried very high quality Douglas fir dimension lumber for use in finish work. I located a completely clear, tight grained 8’ board. The only downside was it cost substantially more than the typical big box store stud. Oh well, this is for FURNITURE, not being st...
Ok, back to blogging. The next picture is me using the top on sawhorses in its first job as a workbench. I needed a good surface to clamp the legs to in order to scrape them even with the scrapers that are on the right in the picture. Who woulda thunk that flat pieces of metal like card scrapers would be useful with just a slight burr on them? I love things like that that are low tech and do a better job then all our fancy other gidgets and gadgets. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ga...
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.
The TradeOn Wed. Night I did a talk for my neighborhood association’s general meeting on our house restoration and my furniture projects. I talked in length about using recycled wood. Afterwards a neighbor contacted me and offered some wood that had been stored in his garage for 20 years. At the time that he bought it, it was milled from old growth fir. I took home a small stash of fir, including a few 12” wide boards… and a 7/8” thick, 14 footer. Hmmmmm. pos...
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...
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...
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