Live in the woods….Wood Art Well here we go….while out last Saturday working in the woods, I happened to be down in a place that does not get into my normal forest travels. I was down in this area last fall cutting trees for this winter’s burning and happened to be down here not long ago looking at some trees that had recently fallen, due to storm winds. Last Saturday was spent cleaning those trees up and while on a break that morning, I decided to waunder around. Foun...
I mentioned that I wanted to finish trying to rehab my old wooden screw before I start my bench, since it will determine the size of the hole I bore into my leg (for the leg vise) and whether or not I’ll have to mortise the nut into the leg. If the screw didn’t work out, I would use my new threading kit (1 1/2”) and simply tap the hole in the leg – no nut required. So now that I’m mostly done, I have mixed feelings. But first, the pics. Here’s the “...
So, way back (9 months) in my woodworking infancy, I knew little of the wonderous joys of rough lumber, jointers, and planers, so I bought the lumber for my workbench base from home depot. 1×6 maple. I dug through the pile at the borg to try and find the straightest and cleanest pieces of the lot. I thought I had done well, but I was to be stunned later. I got it home and laid it out. Since there’s certainly no maple 2x lumber at the borg, and I didn’t think a 1x base ...
So, after a bit of a delay, I’ll now start with a recap of what I’m building, and what I’ve done so far. The PlanFirst, the plan I’m working off of is for the ‘Woodsmith Workbench’, found in issue 173 of Woodsmith Magazine, and also at plansnow.com. There’s a few pics at that website, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to embed them here or not. I’m basically following that plan with a few modifications:1) instead of the maple top (m...
As promised, here is some pictures of my progress so far. It is a 17th century workbench fashioned after the drawings by a French joiner named Andre Roubo in his multi-volume treatise “The Art of the Joiner”. I am following the plans in the book by Christopher Schwarz called Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use. Here’s a link to the Amazon store: http://www.amazon.com/Workbenches-Design-Construction-Popular-Woodworking/dp/1558708405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT...
So, after reading all the great comments on my earlier entry I re-designed the bench. This time with an overhang. I also added a reversible well board. I kept the trestle base but notice it is inside the front edge (no toe stub…hopefully), I also felt I had to have a front apron for the vice rear jaw. The fat stretchers at the top and the solid ones at the front should resist racking. Notice the square fronts on the braces for the apron. Here’s my revamped joinery, all...
I took another (room full of dust) pass with the jointing sled setup. You can see the low parts at the edges. I think by now I’ve taken more than 1/16 off the top. You can see how it bows down in the corners. And where poor control of the router and sled combo when stopping the router caused it to bounce and i got a small divot. Thankfully, it is very shallow and the next pass should clean it up. One more pass and she should be plane!
I've just started stock preparation for this little auxillary bench. I'll keep a construction photo log going at my Picasaweb Album. I'm thining I'd like the tressel base, legs and stretchers to be about 1 1/2 inches thick. I've only got 4/4 maple so I've laminated some pieces together. The picture shows my laminations. I decided to use some of those Somona clamps that I chastised in my shop tour. I felt bad for them. They hold such premium wall space I thought I'd give the...
Hello. This is another update on my bench build. I have had almost two months off working on it because my friend has been in my shop working on his bench. But just over a week ago we took his almost done bench to his house for him to do the final fitting of parts and such. After doing a little organizing and sharpening I got back to work on my bench. So right now I have the legs and parts for the top all milled to thickness and width. This is the slab for the roubo half of my bench. Its 2...
A fellow Holtzapffelian, Roger (here at Lumberjocks), is writing about his project regarding the same bench. He started out by purchasing his hardware for the bench and is now in the process of picking out his wood. That reminds me of a deliberation I’m going through with my own bench. What hardware to use? The plans call for a quick-release end vise – nothing too fancy, I suppose. I want the Jörgensen version – I think it had a 12” maximum opening. The maximum...
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