Welcome back, everyone, I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since the last blog update! But, you know how life can be at times… The good news is…the Bench is complete! Let’s see if I can share photos from the last phase of the build… With the tool well secured via glue and wood screws, it was now time to flatten the top. I had been apprehensive about this step, but all the bench-building books I read made it sound fairly straight forward. I started with my shop m...
i have never made a leg vise before and i have no idea what to expect with the one i made. The basic concept came from Shop Notes. And i like the basic concept. However, i do NOT like the price of ACME Rod, ACME nuts or ACME ANYTHING. so i went with “off the shelf” 3/4” threaded rod from LOWES. I dont know if this will bite me in the butt or not. But just in case, i built the vice so i could change it out if i need to use a better threaded rod. The dimensions ...
Here goes…. Traditional work benches (roubo for example) are out dated. I know, heresy. But it’s true The reason they made those crazy over sized legs and joints was because they didnt have sheetgoods back then and they needed to over build them to deal with the lateral and horizontal force they experienced. It is my opinion that pine 2×6’s and 3/4 ply MORE than cover any of the structural needs of a work bench. So the next big argument FOR traditional w...
Goal Build a work bench in only a few hours over the coarse of a week, and for less than $100.00 The result: Absolutely no fine joinery – I am using 2×4’s glued and screwed – and doubled up instead of half-lapping them. Of course I used hot hide glue for extra strength since I don’t have any 90” clamps :) The top is a 30×80 solid core door. This term is misleading because it isn’t really “solid”. Save for the 2” on each edg...
Roubo Inspired Bench #5: Getting closer - finally getting the slabs on top of the bench, & an orange dog or 2
The rails have been assembled, legs attached to the cabinet, a little clean up and should be ready to mortise for the slabs. It appears I have some corrupted images on my memory card, so may not be able to post any of the photos of mortising or attaching the slabs through the rails with the SPAX type screws. Slabs have been fastened to the top with one screw at each end, there is a 2” gap between the two sections. I wanted a wide enough space to be able to use a Be...
I see many beautiful pieces of work on LJ. The creators are true artists … I am not. I love working with wood. I love the process, watching the raw material turn into something solid and useful. But my skills are not exceptional. Neither are my tools and the materials I work with. I am the average guy. I try to learn new things on every project. I try to avoid repeating my mistakes. I try to have fun. I just finished my first “real” workbench. For more than 20 years I hav...
In between jobs I have been building a new work bench milled from 8/4 and 12/4 maple hard and soft. The top is 4” thick. 24” wide, 6’6” long the legs are 4”X5” and the bench is 33” high which is at the point where my wrist makes a crease. The wagon vice is from Lake Erie Tools as will be the leg vice. I am building it by hand with no power tools at all, Whew! I still need to mount the leg vice after all the stretchers are cut, 16 mortise & ten...
I’m sure there are those of you interested in how much this thing weighs and (more importantly) how much it cost to build. A quick volume estimate puts the total amount of wood at ~5 cubic feet. Considering an average specific gravity of about 0.60 (range for SYP is 0.54 – 0.65, and the hickory is more than that), the weight is: (5 cu. ft.)(62.4 lbs/cu. ft.)(0.60) = 187 lbs So, the wood alone is about 190 lbs. Factor in the weight of the vise hardware and the many metal...
Previously, I had run out of time to complete the tail vise on my workbench: This weekend I finally got the time to remedy that situation. I started off by routing the dog holes in one of the boards, then gluing up the leg vise block. The dog holes are spaced at 3” for versatility. Then I needed to figure out what to remove for the various pieces of the vise hardware. Some time was spent with the adjustable square to figure out the recess locations. Note: the measureme...
I finally got some shop time this weekend and had a chance to complete my leg vise. After my last building session, I had left it basically functional, but lacking a couple bells and whistles to make it really nice. The first addition was a guide wheel on the underside of the parallel guide. I bought another plastic wheel from Woodcraft and mounted it below the guide. It looks like it could become an ankle biter, but I haven’t run into any problems yet. It’s only pock...
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