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Twin screw vise #2: Rear chop and thinking

11-25-2017 04:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Having the front chop done-ish, it was time to move onto the rear chop. It was less tapered than the front one, so just a few swipes of the plane took off the 3/32” or so that was needed to get it square along the long sides. But the ends were more angled, and since I wasn’t rounding them off like I’d done with the front chop, I wanted to get them nice and square, so out comes the shooting board. Once everything was square all around, I used a spokeshave to bre...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #8: The end - for real this time... I think...

11-19-2017 08:05 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 2 comments »

In the previous entries of this blog series, you have, if you have punished yourself by reading all of them, been taken through the inspiration and design, the material selection and the construction of my new work bench. Then, you were dragged along as I constructed a tool cabinet underneath the bench top. God bless you for your patience. I was very happy with the look of the bench and my new drawers. Unfortunately, it became clear to me that my aesthetically pleasing new bench was...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #7: The last part...

11-12-2017 01:43 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 0 comments »

So the bench was DONE. I was very happy with the way that it turned out. It was solid, it was heavy, it was visually appealing and it was going to be around for a long time. Just in case you don’t remember what it looked like: Ok, I’ll admit, I just wanted to show it off. Anyway, because I was so pleased with the bench, I decided to rearrange my entire shop. This led to some storage issues. Also, the bench that I dismantled to make room for the new bench was the bench where I mou...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #6: Final Assembly and Finish!!!

11-08-2017 06:43 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 3 comments »

After cutting the mortises, tenons and all the dadoes in the legs, I felt like I was in the home stretch. The first thing that I did following all of the cutting and milling was sand EVERYTHING to 320. Probably further than necessary, but I don’t think anyone has aver said, “Man, I wish that I hadn’t sanded everything so well.” Anyway, after sanding everything down, I started thinking. If you are anything like me, you know how dangerous that can be. I decided that I was getting nervous...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #5: Mortise and Tenon Joinery... Just writing that makes me feel like a SUPER WOODWORKER!!!

11-05-2017 12:56 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 1 comment »

DISCLAIMER!!! THis post only contains a small portion that relates to Mortise and Tenmon Joinery. It just made me feel all tingly to include that in my title. Sorry for misleading you. At the end of my last blog entry, my workbench top was in the glue up stage. I glued up the top in 4 sections that would allow me to combine 2 and BARELY be able to run them through the planer. I was shooting for a top that was 60” long and 25”wide. both 12 1/2” sections maxed out the capacity of my De...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #2: The best bench so far...

10-26-2017 12:22 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 4 comments »

After building the last iteration of Workbench 2.0 (technically, I guess I should call it Workbench 2.1), it did not take long for me to decide that I was still less than thrilled with the final outcome. In addition, I had delved further intro the land of woodworking, and had also acquired a jointer and planer. YouTube was filled with videos of people making workbenches with laminated tops. Thick and heavy, it seemed clear to me that this was the type of bench that I wanted to build. Ja...

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The Quest for a Better Bench #1: Where I started and where we’re going...

10-23-2017 03:27 AM by PlanBWoodworks | 0 comments »

Workbenches. We all have them. We all love them. Are we ever satisfied with them? Probably not. Or at least, I’m not. I guess to fully appreciate my current journey, you should know where I began. I don’t think that I have a photo of my very first workbench. At least, not one readily available. However, I can paint the picture verbally. I wanted to start reloading. For those of you who are unfamiliar, reloading is building your own bullets. This was back around 2010 or so. Anyone who is a...

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Building my Workbench #15: Little More Progress, Nearly Done

07-24-2017 12:03 PM by HokieKen | 15 comments »

Well, I got some time in the shop this weekend. I split it about 50/50 between my Beer Swap project and my bench. Just wanted to post a quick update on where I’m at. Now that everything is assembled and pinned, it’s time to get to work on the “fun”stuff… well mostly. First up was to get the end vise back on. Now, this is the one part of my build I’m not totally satisfied with. There’s just too much slop in this hardware for a chop as long and ...

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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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