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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 | 12 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 | 3 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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Workbench #11: Assembling the Base

05-25-2017 01:18 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 3 comments »

At this point I had the base components complete and had dry-fitted several times, but I didn’t want to assemble it until the leg vise was complete. Now that the leg vise was done, I could get everything assembled. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I can assemble the base I needed to make the shelf ledgers that would fit into the base stretchers. A groove in the stretcher would support the pressure from the ledgers. Ok, now that the ledgers were made and the ...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #8: Joinery: working out the legs

05-10-2017 02:58 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 2 comments »

Mongo’s legs are by far the most complex pieces, except perhaps the vices. They are responsible, obviously, for holding up the table surface but also for tying in the aprons and supporting the lower shelf. Clearances have to be made for the outermost ribs and bonus: there are no 90° cuts! Yay! But this is why I made the gauge in update 6 and it was used extensively. First step was to establish the top of the tenon at the correct angle. This is a through cut but I don’t have ...

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Workbench #10: Leg vise

05-06-2017 11:20 AM by Dan Wolfgang | 1 comment »

Despite no updates in two months, I have actually been busy. One thing I worked on was the leg vise. I was originally going to make a parallel guide that I could pin at the bottom of the leg/vise. But all of that bending over made me decide that $100 for the Benchcrafted criss-cross hardware would be worth it. I had to cut a giant mortise in the leg to make room for the hardware. I started with the chisel and hammer, but turned to the router to get it done more quickly. I know that I say I pr...

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Building my Workbench #9: One Day I Might Finish this Beast!

05-01-2017 12:19 PM by HokieKen | 2 comments »

Man, it seems like each big project takes twice as long as the previous one. Aren’t build times supposed to go down as you get more experience? ;-P In all seriousness, this bench is taking FOREVER it seems. But it’s due to much more limited shop time than I’ve enjoyed in the past. I have learned to be okay with that and cherish the time I have alone with the smell of wood, the “thwack” of my mallet on the chisel and the solid “thunk” when I kno...

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