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Building my Workbench #14: Not Much but Right-Side-UP!!

07-18-2017 03:26 PM by HokieKen | 15 comments »

Not much to say but I am so excited I just had to post a quick update. Yesterday I assembled the base with the long stretchers fit loosely. Then I wrestled the top onto it. Turned out to be pretty easy and I didn’t need any help at all. Just slid it on the base and then went around tapping here and there until all the mortises fell on their tenons. Then I drove in the drawbore pegs for the long stretchers and the base is done. Now I just have to pin the top to ...

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Building my Workbench #13: Still Upside Down... But Better

07-17-2017 01:24 PM by HokieKen | 3 comments »

Had a little bit of time this week and got a few things done. I didn’t get the bench right-side-up… yet. But, I’m ready to now! WOO-HOO! First thing I did after the last update was to finish drilling out my dog/holdfast holes. I did the row closest to the edge with 4” spacing. The other row is on 12” centers. I didn’t want to “Swiss Cheese” it too much so the second row is spaced to ensure my 8” holdfasts can get anywhere on the b...

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Building my Workbench #12: Leg Vise

07-10-2017 01:11 PM by HokieKen | 6 comments »

Well, over the past week, I did manage to get the leg vise mostly done. At least as “done” as I’m going to until the final assembly is done. I had already cut the mortise for the parallel guide before drawboring the leg. So next thing I did was to make the parallel guide and cut my chop to rough shape. The guide is made from a piece of cherry and the chop is the same gnarly Walnut I used for my end vise. I cut a blind mortise in the chop for the guide and drilled and ...

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Building my Workbench #11: Still Plugging Along

07-05-2017 01:09 PM by HokieKen | 13 comments »

Well, it’s been a bit and most of my shop time the past several weeks has been spent working on Father’s Day gifts and my contribution to the current LumberJocks Tool Swap. Those are both wrapped up and out of the house though and I had a long weekend with some pretty good shop time so I got quite a bit done. In fact… I AM ALMOST DONE! First thing I did since the last entry was to finish up all the M&T joints for the long stretchers. Here is the final dry-fit of th...

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Workbench #16: Done Enough

06-22-2017 01:42 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 9 comments »

I’m going to say the workbench is done. Eight feet long, 29” wide, 35” tall, and weighs about 300 pounds. It’s strong, stable, and flat. The vises move smoothly and clamp immovably tight. Six months, and I’d estimate about 250 hours. Actually using the bench has been awesome—having a tool of such quality and capability has already improved what I can do when working with wood. And it seems to work well for my son Patrick, too! Well, maybe I shoul...

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Workbench #15: Odds and Ends

06-22-2017 01:35 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 0 comments »

With all of the major pieces of the bench done, I took care of a few details. The left front leg needed a recess to get at the bench dog to push it out, as well as to let it sit low for thin stock. The right ends of the bench top needed to be cut nicely. After cutting I planed them a little so that they’re smooth. Several weeks back I was reading about UV staining (thanks Ron Aylor). It’s most commonly done with cherry, to bring out the reddish color in the wo...

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Workbench #14: The Sliding Deadman

06-20-2017 01:46 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 2 comments »

The last notable piece of my bench build left is the sliding deadman. I had bought a cut-off scrap of ash to use to make the rail the deadman would slide on, but as I measured what I needed I realized the scrap was far bigger than I needed. I grabbed some smaller scraps of red oak to make the rail. When I brought them into better light I realized one piece was red oak and one was white oak. Well, good enough—I got these pieces cleaned up, glued together, and shaped. And once shap...

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Building my Workbench #10: Home Stretch Baby!

06-05-2017 12:04 PM by HokieKen | 13 comments »

Okay, so let’s say this blog sucks, at best. Or at least the author sucks at keeping it updated. It’s just hard when I squeeze in an hour here and there and next thing I know, it’s almost done and I haven’t taken any pictures :-0 But, I said I was going to blog the build so I’m not giving up no matter how sporadic the updates! I got a lot of shop time this weekend and made great progress on the bench. I still have it upside down but the day when I can fl...

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Workbench #13: The Gapstop

06-05-2017 01:03 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 5 comments »

Stating the obvious here, but Benchcrafted’s split-top Roubo bench uses two slabs for the top. Rather than joining them, they are kept separate throughout the build. Another component, the “gapstop” goes between them, and offers some additional functionality. This is one of the features that sold me on the Benchcrafted design. I bought some nice birch to use for the gap stop. It has a bit of color that will add a little contrast between the white 2×4s of the rest of ...

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Workbench #12: Adding the Shelf

06-04-2017 01:05 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 4 comments »

With the base complete and the shelf ledgers in place, I wanted to get the shelf added. The shelf would be really useful in that it would allow me to set my planes nearby but out of the way. Ok, so the spot I’ve been storing my planes is only about four steps away, but still, having them within reach seems like a great advance. It’ll surely make me more productive, right? I’ve been using 2×4s from Home Depot to build the majority of the bench. I intended to use the l...

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