I’ve been playing in SketchUp, trying to design the ultimate-workbench-from-a-kitchen-coutertop.This is more or less an arbitrary challenge, because I could probably glue a second countertop over the first one (after buying more than two clamps) and make a decent Roubo bench for a third of the price of the Festool drill… hmm. This is one of the first designs, strongly inspired by Kenneth Woodruff's knock down bench. For reference, all stock is 38mm (1.5in) thick. The rectangle...
Well – in between working at my regular job and going out of town for a few days, I have finished building and installing the 20 drawers for my workbench. I used 3/4 birch plywood for the fronts. I was going to make the drawer handles – but I was too anxious to move on to the next step. I put a chamfered edge all around the fronts – I like the look of the plywood stripes, and it helps to hide the fact that some edges don’t line up perfectly (it’s a...
For quite some time I have been contemplating a workbench that I could pack in the car, with a small set of tools, so I could do a bit of handwork during my lunch breaks. The thing that has always stopped me is the worry of wood movement due to the temperature extremes in the car. But when I think of it I don’t want to do my major projects out there, even if I just practiced joinery I think it would serve the purpose of helping to ease my stress levels. So here comes the tricky parts...
If there is one thing you can rely on to be unreliable, it’s the weather. We went from 8 degrees Celsius last week to -1 and snowing today. As I wander around the garage tidying and planning, I realize that until the shed is up, it’s going to be semi-pointless to actually start working. Oh well. I have done drawings for my router table and the sheer size of my Triton 3 1/4HP router is going to cause issues. It’s going to need 13” of horizontal clearance in the...
Here’s a quote from my last post: I am making progress on the bench, but as before, I get hung up mentally when I come to big steps in the process. Guess when I wrote my last post? About 2 months ago. Yep, got to another big step in the process and got hung up mentally. Well that, and also just lost my motivation entirely for a few weeks there. I’m back! So gluing four boards onto a 28-board benchtop shouldn’t really be a “big step” in the process, right? ...
I was able to finish up my work table this weekend. Well, all but chamfering or rounding over the edges. I took thursday and friday off. Friday because it was beautiful. And thursday (St. Patricks Day) because it was my daughters 2nd birthday. But I got up early on thursday and made it out to pick up a couple sheets of 3/4” plywood, a plywood blade for my circular saw, and oak for the edges. While I was cutting the plywood down on friday afternoon, I either burnt up my saw or com...
Just before I went to buy that stuff for my daughters toddler bed, I was thumbing through this magazine I bought a couple years ago. One of those “greatest projects” magazines you see at the register at Lowes or Home Depot. Anyway, I saw a plan for a work table I thought was pretty basic, fit my needs, and would be something I could do on a Saturday. So I bought the 16 carriage bolts, three 2×6’s, and four 2×4’s I needed that day along with the toddler bed...
I took a short break from wood today since I will quickly run out of things to do until my new Tenon Saw arrives. One thing that needs to get done is to make some dowel nuts for the bolts that will hold the long stretchers to the leg. There are a couple of reasons I wanted/needed them to be custom. 1st was that I couldn’t find any that were sold separately from the bolts. Most of the “bench bolts” I have seen for sale are only 6 inches long and I needed 8 inch bolts si...
Yesterday I took the leg blanks back to the jointer and the planer and got them down to a hair over 5” x 5”. One of them ended up a hair under. I found out during this process that the depth stop on the Makita planer does not handle anything 5 inches thick so it was a little tricky to try to get all 4 pieces exact. All that will be left to do on these is to hit them with a smooth plane to take off the plane tracks, which are barely even visible. It will also fix the “...
Trying to learn SketchUp is no trite task! I’ve used a few other design packages in the past, but this one just works a bit different. Still trying to get used to it. That being said, here’s some shots of what I think the top to my portable workbench is going to look like. The top will be constructed entirely of 3/4” plywood. It may not be obvious form the pictures, but the cross cut channel has a piece to form a lip on each side of it and the “cover̶...
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