Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'workbench'

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Moravian Workbench Build #1: Getting Started

03-15-2018 05:06 PM by ElroyD | 4 comments »

A couple of years ago I started to get more into studying 18th and 19th century hand tool woodworking. At the time, I didn’t have a shop, and didn’t have anyplace to put one. During the summer I put cleaned out a section of our goat barn, put up a couple of sawhorses with a solid-core door on top to use as a workbench, and began to play. Then daughter #5 came along. Needless to say, babies take up a lot of time, so things were put on hold. Now that she’s a little mo...

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Workshop redo #1: I Have a Terrible Habit

03-14-2018 11:38 PM by DJL1031 | 0 comments »

I am away from my home today. Away from the sawdust, smell of fresh cut cherry and paper thin ribbons of excess wood on my shop floor. I will not be dusting off my pants and shirt at 130 or 200AM. I will make no progress on the several projects that I have going on, both in and out of the shop. The time away has given me a chance to reflect on this short week and plan for my homecoming. That is when I plan on finishing my workbench replacement….. for about the third time in as many quar...

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Shop Upgrades #1: MFT 3 Powertool Workbench

02-05-2018 04:57 PM by MatthewTruax | 3 comments »

Hi all! I’ve been designing this workbench in my head for quite some time. Over this past weekend, I was able to finish milling the frame/structure of the workbench and complete the glue up. I used the Domino XL 700 and installed twin tenons (loose tenons) in all joints of the frame. I know some of you will be astonished that I’m using this walnut for a workbench, but if you look at my completed projects, you will see that this will match my Roubo workbench and lets be hones...

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Roubo-inspired Workbench ... with construction lumber. #2: The Second Slab

01-09-2018 04:48 PM by kr580 | 2 comments »

The Second Slab Here’s the second batch of boards squared up. I was able to fix the jointer knives over Christmas time so these are all dead square now. Oh, how much easier everything was. Second slab all glued up. I maybe got a little excited with the glue. I didn’t have a second set of hands for this one so I smothered it a bit to make up for lost time. Oops. With the boards now straight and square I didn’t have to hock off 3/32” from the whole thing like be...

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Roubo-inspired Workbench ... with construction lumber. #1: The First Slab

01-08-2018 01:48 PM by kr580 | 4 comments »

Hello. First project here. Long time lurker, long time LJ enjoyer, woodworking noob. I want a Roubo-inspired workbench. (I’m yet another Schwarz sheep I guess.) I can’t afford a legit Roubo workbench with decent wood so I chose to make it out of 2×4 kiln-dried Douglas Fir studs milled up to (hopefully) a good standard. Here goes nothing! I apologize for the crappy pictures, they’ve been an afterthought so far. The Plan Here’s my sketchup design. It will b...

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Adjustable Height WorkBench - EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS

12-31-2017 12:10 AM by CharlieK | 7 comments »

An Adjustable Height Odyssey – Why I built this workbench, and HOW IT WORKSCharlie Kocourek How it All StartedI had a few problems with my first workbench. It was too low for carving or for detail work, it was too high for assembly, it was also too high to sit behind my table saw, and it was difficult to move around. It was anything but ergonomic! After some thought, I concluded that an Adjustable Height Workbench could solve all of these problems. I then searched the int...

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Twin screw vise #2: Rear chop and thinking

11-25-2017 04:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Having the front chop done-ish, it was time to move onto the rear chop. It was less tapered than the front one, so just a few swipes of the plane took off the 3/32” or so that was needed to get it square along the long sides. But the ends were more angled, and since I wasn’t rounding them off like I’d done with the front chop, I wanted to get them nice and square, so out comes the shooting board. Once everything was square all around, I used a spokeshave to bre...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #8: The end - for real this time... I think...

11-19-2017 08:05 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 2 comments »

In the previous entries of this blog series, you have, if you have punished yourself by reading all of them, been taken through the inspiration and design, the material selection and the construction of my new work bench. Then, you were dragged along as I constructed a tool cabinet underneath the bench top. God bless you for your patience. I was very happy with the look of the bench and my new drawers. Unfortunately, it became clear to me that my aesthetically pleasing new bench was...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #7: The last part...

11-12-2017 01:43 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 0 comments »

So the bench was DONE. I was very happy with the way that it turned out. It was solid, it was heavy, it was visually appealing and it was going to be around for a long time. Just in case you don’t remember what it looked like: Ok, I’ll admit, I just wanted to show it off. Anyway, because I was so pleased with the bench, I decided to rearrange my entire shop. This led to some storage issues. Also, the bench that I dismantled to make room for the new bench was the bench where I mou...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #6: Final Assembly and Finish!!!

11-08-2017 06:43 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 3 comments »

After cutting the mortises, tenons and all the dadoes in the legs, I felt like I was in the home stretch. The first thing that I did following all of the cutting and milling was sand EVERYTHING to 320. Probably further than necessary, but I don’t think anyone has aver said, “Man, I wish that I hadn’t sanded everything so well.” Anyway, after sanding everything down, I started thinking. If you are anything like me, you know how dangerous that can be. I decided that I was getting nervous...

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