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...
I started a Roubo bench a few weeks ago. It is starting to take shape. It is fairly traditional. The top is 24×96x6 Ash that I cut and had milled about 4 years ago. I made a desk top out of some of these boards so luckily I had just enough boards to complete the top. The bottom will be poplar. This first picture is of 12 inches of the top being moved by myself to the jointer before the two halves are glued together. Never anyone around when ya need help. Flip it over and do it ag...
First blog post! I’ve been making shavings for about two years now using this monstrosity vaguely resembling a bench: It’s the most incredible bench ever, measuring in at a roomy 11’ long and 36” high. Has two shelves and even supports a kitchen sink attachment, however the previous owner either didn’t spring for it or took it with them. EVERY surface is curved (great for setting planes bottom-down, no need to worry about the blade dulling) and it rocks...
In our shop (like many) one of the most frequently used tools is the miter saw. Coincidentally, it’s also the machine that seems to make the most dust. In order to keep the dust at a minimum, it was time to upgrade our miter saw station. The plan is to purchase a second saw, and have the 2 saws share a long, connected fence. So, I started with building base cabinets to hold the saws: As I previously mentioned, dust was always a big issue in our shop. To help aid in that, I purchas...
Scabbed together scraps with pocket screws & 1/2 sheet of 1/4” oak plywood. Min-wax pecan stain and satin poly. More red oak cut-offs from other projects destined for drawer fronts and soft maple cast-off from local cabinet shop destined to be the bench base board. I do love making use of hardwood that often finds it way into a burn pile or land fill! I can’t seem to get the hang of correctly titling and linking the related blog entries though.
YAWB - Yet Another Workbench (Or My Take on the Ultimate Tool Stand) #4: Carcass Finish & First (Unofficial) Use
After making the torsion box and carcass I wanted to protect the bench a little. I rubbed in some tung oil finish (two coats I think) and added a coat of furniture wax. For garage use, I felt that would be fine. No need to coat where it won’t be exposed. I haven’t built the riser blocks (whatever they’re called). It brought a little shine to the workbench. My sanding got the best of me and a sanded through the top birch veneer at a lot of the corners, but I’m no...
Long break, but I do have some updates thankfully. So here’s what I’ll be building in this part. Front Back After the torsion box, it was time to start the carcass. As mentioned before, I went with plywood over MDF out of preference and aesthetics. There isn’t great plywood to be had where I live, but I found a respectable lumber yard with cheaper (and better) plywood than the big box stores. It’s 11-ply, but still has some voids. It’s a good compromi...
Like my previous post, this is mostly a note for my own future reference. I’m trying to centralize all my woodworking notes in one place, preferably one accessible from anywhere, and LJ is the only logical choice. So I have some unusual needs in a sawbench. Since I am an above-knee amputee, the conventional method of holding the board in place with ‘pot roast power’ is a no-go. I’ve tried it, it’s excruciatingly painful and it doesn’t work to hold the...
One of my goals in renting the space for a shop is to build all of my shop fixtures in anticipation of moving them to my own permanent shop in a future home where I’ll have the dedicated space for one. I cannot make a move now as my folks are elderly and in need assistance at this point. However, renting the space for this shop has offered me some time away from the stresses that unfortunately accompany the aforementioned. I come here and tune out other issues until I return home. R...
Just like a well built house, a well rounded approach to woodworking comes form a solid foundation and understanding of the principles of the medium. Understanding wood and how it will respond to your actions and finding a happy dance that will let you enjoy the craft instead of having it dominate you is paramount. This theory transferred well today when I milled up the legs for the bench. It needs to have an accurate, well made foundation to be a solid usable bench. I took my time today as s...
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