Oh dear… What is he doing? Is this the second entry in a single week? Yes, yes it is :-) I got a couple of free hours last night so decided to sneak in a little bench work. I decided I was going to flatten the slab I glued up over the weekend. But wait, aren’t you supposed to wait until the bench is done to flatten it? Well, yes. And I didn’t completely flatten it, that will be when I finish the build. But, my thinking is that this is the bulk of my top. Once I di...
I HAD come to enjoy hand planing immensely. The tool itself is brilliant and elegant in it’s simplicity and effectiveness. Restoring old planes and fettling them is a relaxant for me. I delight in taking a smoother and bringing a board to a finish that is flatter and feels smoother to the touch than one that has been sanded. I enjoy taking a jack or a router and curling off whisper thin shavings until an edge shows dead square to its reference face and there’s no sliver of lig...
You guys thought I’d forgotten about the blog didn’t you? Well never fear, here is yet another exciting and timely entry! ;-) Due to some family issues the last month, I’ve had very limited shop time. I finally got a chance to get started this weekend. So, I cut the first beam to rough length and went to work flattening it. I scrubbed one face until it looked flat enough and ran it through the planer taking light passes to flatten the opposite face. I was feeling goo...
When I was getting started in woodworking, I bought a cheap “60 in. 4 Drawer Hardwood Workbench” from Harbor Freight using a coupon and using their free shipping at the time. It’s served me well for many years, but has several major shortcomings that have always bothered me (thin top, rickety base, too light, crappy vise). Instead of sinking the cash into building a fancy benchcrafted split-top roubo, I’ve been slowly planning on upgrading the HF bench. Over the y...
Okay, I’ve been determined to do a blog series on some project but they’ve all gotten away without being documented. But, I’m gonna document this build because I’ve been planning it for so long that it deserves some posterity! This won’t be a quick build given my limited shop time so don’t expect daily updates and a wrap-up in a week. But, we’ll get there so come along for the ride if you like. I’ve wanted a new bench for a couple of yea...
Had a good day out in the shop. I ripped all the extra 2×8’s I had leftover from a storage shed build for the bench top. I hand planed the faces with a #4 getting them ready for glue up (I left 5 boards for tomorrow ;)
View on YouTube I have a very nice woodworking workbench. My bench is adjustable height, has a built in mobile base, bench dogs, a twin screw vise on one end and a quick acting face vise on the other end. It is a fantastic bench for woodworking, which is most of what I do in my shop. I do like metal working, but I focus on woodworking. Occasionally, I need to use a metal vise and I discovered a great, and very easy, solution. I have two metal vises. I keep the better one in the gara...
Haven’t blogged in a while, mainly posting things in the SotS forum as i go. Figured i would move some of it in a blog. Since last entry in this blog and during my entrys for my dutch chest and handtool workbench i have been migrating between two buildings. Recent developments on the homefront, all my woodworking stuff has to be squeezed into one. So operation Squeezeitallintobackbuilding has been going on for the last week or so. Had some issues with my handtool workbench so i ha...
It was suggested in the comments on my first blog 2 years ago that I seek a more hand tool direction because of almost non-existent space to work. I AM a hybrid woodworker and love handtools, but have found that it is actually more and not less expensive to be completely hand tool oriented, primarily because larger projects using rough lumber are so labor and mainly space intensive as to be impractical when you are essentially forced to do most of your work outside in nice weather. What do yo...
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