The construction of the new garage last fall gave me a clean slate for setting up my small shop. The lone survivor in terms of shop furniture from that leaky, damp mess was my workbench. It survived several months in public storage and the trip back and forth. The top is solid and heavy and I don’t like to waste. It reminded me of how far I have come in my wood working and how much more I still have to learn. I scrapped the base but kept the top, thinking about how best to ...
My new apprentice is visiting his grandma this morning so I took advantage of the time to get the top out of the clamps and cleaned up (long planing sessions is an activity he still doesn’t have the patience for lol). I will need to have a serious talk with him on his glueup skills (Ahem.. yep tossing dimes all over the place here).... In “our” rush the other day we glued the top up about as uneven as it would have been humanly possible to do so quite a bit of work was a...
A simple 2×4 and plywood work table. Easy to build. http://youtu.be/aujUjjXDPKA
I’m tired of seeing all these moxon vises and not making my own. They are pretty expensive. I really need something to act as a front vise on my bench. This takes care of that problem and it also raises any cutting that i’ll be doing by 7 1/2” (which helps out the back). Here is my version of the moxon vise using two pipe clamps. Check out the video. Please subscribe to my channel and check out all the other videos on there.
As a home owner I’ve struggled for years with projects because I don’t have a solid work surface. When I started wood carving recently this became painfully obvious. So now I’ve decided to invest in a proper workbench. After looking at 100s of benches online and in books I think I know what I want: Size: 6’ long, 24” deep. This will fit my workspace well. Work clamping: 1) A leg vice. For this I will use this from Veritas: http://www.veritastoo...
After the success tweaking the installation for the end vise I hoped the good karma would continue to the leg vise. Not so… It All Starts With A Small Bonk… I removed my chop from the clamps, removed the glue and jointed/planed to size. the final size was about a 2 3/8 thick – plenty. I determined the centerline of the chop and leg and clamped the chop directly to the leg. I transferred the hole locations to the chop. The it was off to the drill press. Simple. While at Marc Adam...
After class the bench parts were loaded into the truck and brought home. I have a double right angle entry to the basement steps. One of my classmates, Sean Baker of San Diego graciously volunteered to help get the heavy top into the basement. It was heavy, but surprisingly, not all that challenging; considering it was Friday at 5pm and we were wiped from the marathon week.assembly-1 Assembly Once all of the parts were in and organized we got right to the assembly. It really is a qu...
To compliment my new roubo workbench (in process) and to add to my hand tool fascination I ordered a set of 2 Gramercy holdfasts from Tools for Working Wood. The purchase was simple as with most online stores. The cost was $20 for 1 or $35 for 2 – so not being one to pass up a deal, I went with 2 for $35. Read the remainder here:: http://www.ewingcustomcreations.com/gramercy-holdfasts-from-marisa-100
I put the finishing touches on my bench today. After dry-assembling the base cabinet, I realized that it was about half an inch too tall to be able to be dropped into place in the bench base as one piece. The bottom of the cabinet drops 3/4” down onto cleats so it is level with the top of the long stretchers. I had planned to assemble the cabinet and slide it into and down onto the base of the bench, but with it being too big I decided to go to plan B and assemble it in place. This turn...
Fellow LumberJocks I started chronicling my Roubo Workbench build in my blog – One Inch Caulk. Ill be posting a few entries starting with this one the details the 5 day class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking with guest instructor Christopher Schwarz where we build 16 Roubo benches from some fabulous ash. I hope you will take a look. Thanks, Dave
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