I decided to start out with the legs, so I could get more practice milling the lumber and in gluing the pieces up before tackling the top. The idea with the legs is to sandwich a longer board in between two shorter boards to make a ready-made tenon. Here are all of the pieces for the four legs milled up. You can see some dark streaks in these pieces. Those are where I ran into sap pockets in the wood. I don’t know if that’s bad or not, but it is annoying. I th...
I started work on my bench today. I’ve had the Douglas Fir purchased from Home Depot waiting for this in my basement since July, so it should be well acclimated. Of course i would love to have a hard maple bench, but I want to learn on something a little more…economical.The boards in the photos are 2×8x6’, cut at the store from 2×8x12’ boards. That was necessary in order to fit them in my car. Six feet is about the max with the pass-through ot the trunk o...
I finally shimmed the brackets on the correct side and added matching shims on the opposite side of the front vice bearing and vola. turns smooth as butter. The front vice jaw is planed and sanded and has bench dog holes drilled in it. The TSV is Done. All it needs is a coat of oil, boiled linsead oil.and it is DONE> You can see the bench dog holes drilled in the apron, it is ready to be glued on to the bench. Then it is time to move the top off the legs, fix the wedged tenons, fli...
This entry is to provide you with some of my background experience. It might help you better understand some of my upcoming design decisions. So let’s go… I started my journey into woodworking land with a Black and Decker Workmate 300. For all its limitations, it was a good tool. Certainly, at the time (early 1980s), it was far superior to any work that I was capable of producing with my skill set. Over the years this poor thing was used and abused, left outside to experience s...
I now have essentially all the wood for the bench, at least the major pieces. I still lack a chop for the leg vise and I am not sure what I want to use for that. The legs have been hanging out for over 6 months and everything else has been around for about 2 months so far. Everything is construction grade Douglas Fir from Home Depot and Lowes. It actually took me a while to gather up all the wood and I feel like I visited just about every store in the Los Angeles area. 1st of all, most...
A year ago I mused about my future Roubo workbench. A month after that I mused some more. Now that I’m planning my lumber purchase (for real this time!), I want to update my musings with a third post. The most significant change to my plans is that I’m planning on using 4/4 for the top, if not for the entire bench. The Schwarz mentioned that this is a good solution for a hand tools-only woodworker since the boards will require less work prior to glue-up. I’m all for les...
My morning was taken up entirely by straightening out a snafu with my medical insurance co. and the doctor’s office. What a pain. Sometimes I wonder why I have health insurance. Anyway. . . When I did make it out to the shop, I had this cutoff piece of walnut left over from the leg vise chop that was perfect for the deadman. I’m not really done with it at this point, all I did was rip it and cut to length, cut a rabbet at the top and the V groove at the bottom. It fits right...
working on the legs, 8 4×4s lined up chopping dados with my old POS craftsman chisels. router plane idea from Paul Sellers… http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DB_2a_FwjAgk worked like a champ!
So It is a good thing this will be the last week of my remodel.I currently have orders for; A music stand, 6 dining room chairs, a bench and chair for the library, 31 snake canes, mountain top cane heads, walnut sofa legs for an upholsterer in Portland and I need to finish up the candle stick holders, not to mention anything I want to build for a gallery. WOW! So today I put the door trim on; I need to do some paint touch-ups on the door frame, I got a little wild with my bac...
I decided after looking around that I needed a new workbench. Mine was old and inadequate, dating back to 1976. A lot of nice benches have been built here. Some actually beautiful as well as functional. But, my attention keeps coming back to Fine Woodworking’s New-Fangled workbench. It just seems to be a design that is smart. Armed with just a few pages of write-up about it, that includes an exploded view and a couple of video demo’s of it I decided to make one. I am just about fi...
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