Three in One – With frame construction completed, the desk dovetailed together, and the sticking completed for the fitted top and lid, it was time to venture into the interior of the desk. I decided to use Honduran mahogany for the bottom, shelf, dividers, and drawer fonts. I thought this would make for a nice contrast against the gummy cherry. I started off by resawing a piece of mahogany into 3/8 and 1/4 inch thick pieces for the shelf and dividers. I really should think about getti...
Edge Moulding – With the last of the dovetails cut, I loose fit the desk together and devote some time to edge moulding. It appears that the original desk on frame has a separate edge moulding running the perimeter of the top and lid. Therefore, I decided not to have breadboard edges on the top/lid like on the kneeling platform. I will be using alder for this moulding and hope to fashion something akin to this. The moulding is a two-part construction, joined ...
Hey guys, I just finished my new Classic Workbench, modeled after the benchcrafted bench. However, it is a bit different because I used all my own dimensions, and only 1 row of dog holes. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks! View on YouTube
Dovetails - I think the boiled linseed oil and sunbathing has created a rather nice patina, thus far. How about you? As the frame rests quietly in the sun, I start laying out the dovetails on the desk. I like to use a mirror to keep an eye on the backside of the board. This helps me keep things nice and square! Pins first, tails first … whatever! I can do both, but I find it a bit easier to go with tails first. So, I line things up and scribe the location of the tails onto the pin boa...
Mitred Breadboards - In order to run a bull-nose around the perimeter of the kneeling platform top, I thought it prudent to attach breadboards. Given that I do not want any end-grain showing, the breadboards need to be mitred. So … with my highly detailed drawing in hand … ... I get to work! The breadboards are simply 1 inch strips of 3/4 cherry with 1/4 inch x 5/16 inch grooves along one edge and a 45° mitred end. There are also mortises in the floor of the gro...
The Kneeling Platform – The kneeling platform was proving to be something of a challenge. Thus far, I have simply copied the look of the original desk on frame. In adding the kneeling platform, I did not want to stray too far from the William & Mary style. After a great deal of thought, I finally decided on the following. The perimeter of the platform will have the same 3/4 inch half-round as the transition between the frame and desk. I decided to have the platform more narrow tha...
Exclusively with hand tools, I made this rip tenon saw, using the blade of a cheap back saw, but that had a good steel. It took me about 5 hours to make the slot in the brass by hand, but it was worth the effort.Using the turning saw for the handle was a real pleasure, that kind of saw is wonderful and very fast. If you can, make one, you will enjoy it like me!. I use it with a band saw blade cutout. You can see the two videos I did about it :) Cutting the steel with the proper sciss...
All the Single Pieces - Wuh uh oh uh uh oh … ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ All the single pieces … ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ... all the single pieces … ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ... now that I’m done channeling my inner Beyonce, perhaps it’s time to get back to sticking the frame members and start some assembly! After considerable thought as to the design of the kneeling platform, I have completely changed the sticking profile on the frame members. I have decided on 1/16 x 7/16 inch rebates in from the corners, wi...
Slight Detour – I decided to take a slight detour from sticking the frame members, as I’m still trying to work out the details of the kneeling platform. So, as the frame sits in the sun for a bit … ... I get started on the transition pieces between the frame and desk. I have decided not to put a full top on the frame, but instead to fashion a picture frame of sorts to secure the desk … something kind of like this … I start off by ripping some 2-1/...
It’s been about 6 months since I purchased a bench from a discount tool store, and I am in desperate need of something else. The bench is cheaply made, and even for having glued the joints prior to assembly, there is too much sway and movement for hand tool work. The included wooden vise is falling apart, and the wood is cracking. Yesterday, I started to build out a new bench, constructed of Douglas Fir 2×4’s. At less than $3 a board, I couldn’t beat the price. I w...
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