I have extended the length of the base to make room for more drawers, and also the length of the top to 96” instead of the WW planned 87” since my material was 10’ long and there seemed to be thought at the time that it would be better suited for what I do… After a lot of planing and thicknessing (those pieces are really awkward and heavy after awhile) I was ready to start with the glue-ups of the top sections. Most of the beech pieces I had were between 6...
I did follow the WoodWhisperer’s plans for the dog holes as well as many of the other elements. I reversed the dog hole jig to make one for the dog block which was canted in the opposite direction. The only thing that accomplished was it kept the 3/8” strip on the movable dog block on the same side as the glue-up. Routing the dog holes went smoothly, lots of sawdust and shavings! Gluing the thin strip to the routed piece with a full length caul. Broug...
Since my last post, I’ve done some preparations for traveling, traveling, and recovering from traveling, so I haven’t had much shop time. Last night I had an hour or two. I had been considering building my double-screw Moxon vise for the Instructables woodworking contest. Nice prizes! But I figured I’d better stay focused and try to make more progress on the bench. Next step: mortising the legs for the short stretchers. In my last post I suggested that it’d be &...
Now that my shop is dried in, I’m making a conscious effort to make progress every day to get all of my materials moved up from the storage unit, as well as get what I do move put together and functional. Tonight after work, I started with temporary power to the shop. I’ve been living off of an extension cord with a multi plug splitter. That ‘works’ for now. Obviously, I would rather have the power done before I move in, but I need to stop paying for the storage uni...
I chose to use Douglas Fir for this bench. I’m considering using Douglas Fir on a larger workbench I’m planning to build, and wanted to see how it was to work with. The jury is still out for me. For the most part it was an easy wood to work with. Although I had a lot of problems cleaning up my mortises. The sides of the mortises running with the grain tore and splinter very easily. The end grain cleaned up very nicely. Maybe this problem was caused by the “quality” of lumber I ended up...
For the image heavy version of this post, please click here. At last, the day arrived when I could put it all together and complete the leg vise. Or so I thought. This post is actually a combination of a couple days work because I just couldn’t bring myself to post nothing but failure after failure until it was done. With some helpful tips from Sylvain over at the Lumberjocks site, I was able to (almost) complete the task of getting that garter (that I thought was an unmitigated...
One day this workbench may be done. It is made from construction lumber. 4×4s, 2×6s and 2×4s. Other than being a functional piece for my “shop”. I wanted this to be a learning process for joinery I have not attempted. The size is about 4’x2’x35”. The small size has been depicted by my small space, the front portion of a 1 car garage. My one goal was to complete the structure of this workbench using no hardware, i.e., nails, screws, bo...
Made of Beach. The tail vise is the Veritas end vise that has a quick release. The face vise is actually a cool piece of work from Hovarter vises ( http://www.hovartercustomvise.com/?page_id=49) . It is a quick release 26” behemoth. Clamps down like a mean pit bull. Hopefully will get around to building some shelves and drawers, but right now I really want to take ‘er for a run around the block with a good G&G table build.
I made my workbench a while back (link – http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30437). I specifically made the undercarriage of it ready to go for bench dogs. All was well, except they are expensive. So I did this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tyGzZtufRU The stop pieces hang off the edge so I can pull them out easily. I made a few of them, some aren’t very tall so they don’t get in the way when I’m sanding and hand planing boards. I’ve had this set up f...
Well, today is my first day at Lumberjocks. I joined this list because I inherited my Dad’s watch workbench and was investigating any and all web sites for information on the bench. I’ve posted photos of the bench and it’s label in my Project’s area. It’s a lovely piece and I’m not going to refinish it. I have no idea when it might have been made. I do remember him having it since I was 5 years old. And that is 50 years ago. LOL Since I like to frame...
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