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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #13: The Tool Well

09-26-2012 06:47 PM by Mauricio | 39 comments »

Here is my latest progress. This blog is too damn long, I need to remember to do these more often and break them up. Sorry about that. Mostly pictures though. Questions and Comments are welcome! THE WELL BACK:Trying to “Steam Bend” the tool well back straight. Notice the dowle I used to get the clamp as far out of the way as possible. Hit it with the heat gun Got it straight enough to joint one side and run through the planner without losing too much thickness This...

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My First Workbench #24: Day 24: Starting the leg vise.

09-12-2012 03:30 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

To view the post with pictures, please click here. Had to start sometime I guess! I didn’t do a whole heck of a lot. More like prep work, I figure. First, I took my 1×6 plank of pine and cut two 36” lengths. The bench is just a hair over 36” tall so the vise will be just off the floor. Next, I drew out the design I wanted. Nothing too fancy, just a slight curve (I drew it without a compass or round object) and a few straight lines. I decided since I will b...

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My First Workbench #23: Day 23: Plugs for top anchors.

09-11-2012 12:14 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

For the version with pictures, please click here. I didn’t have a lot of time today between getting batches of Sky Fort parts prepped for installation. But, I did have just enough time to work on plugging the bolt holes in top. I picked up a 1”x36” oak dowel from the BORG and measured the depth of each bolt hole individually. Then I transferred the measurement to the dowel and used a coping saw to get a nice clean cut. After some pounding with the rubber mallet (b...

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Workbench #1: Getting Started $175 Workbench w/ inflation

09-09-2012 10:25 AM by s2h | 3 comments »

I should note that I have built a workbench before, but had to give it up when I moved from Florida to Washington state. The old workbench never really had a proper top, and was constructed using doubled up 2×4 with lap joints and lots of bolts. You could have driven a dump truck on top of it. Since moving to Wa, I haven’t had a shop. Recently, we moved into a house, with lots of room for everyone. I dusted off my old tools, and started tinkering. I realized I NEEDED a good...

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My First Workbench #22: Day 22: Attaching the top!

09-06-2012 11:17 PM by RaggedKerf | 3 comments »

For the version with pictures, please click here. I didn’t have a lot of time today, maybe an hour and a half. So, I spent the first hour going at the top again with the #4 plane. I made the executive decision last night to do what I can and call it. In theory, given unlimited energy and time, I could get this top to flat-level with the #4. By the time my kids are in college. Or, I could do the best I could, get it reasonable (for a first time effort) and bolt the sucker down ...

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Workbench #6: Skirts & Vises

09-05-2012 02:00 AM by twobyfour16 | 3 comments »

So, the top needed skirts, obviously, so time to laminate again. This time, I used 3 pieces of 1×8 black walnut. This gave me a skirt that is 2 1/4” thick, and 6 3/4” wide – after cleaning up the edges. I glued up enough blanks for the front skirt, two end skirts, and chops for both vises. I did not get very many pictures of this process, as I had plenty of lamination pics earlier….I will say that these skirts were BEEFY! And heavy. So, now I had to figure...

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My First Workbench #21: Day 21: More planing...more sweating.

09-04-2012 09:48 PM by RaggedKerf | 1 comment »

For the picture heavy version, please click here! Today was all about the grind. Just grit your teeth and push through the burning in your arms and hands. To get going, though I had just had to settle my differences with the onery plane (it caused me to stop prematurely yesterday). I took my time and examined the thing to see what was amiss, because it wasn’t acting like this when I was planing the individual planks for the top a few weeks ago. Then I noticed it—-the frog...

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My First Workbench #20: Day 20: Leveling the top is a full body workout.

09-04-2012 11:53 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

For the dramatic (or not so dramatic) before and after pictures, please click here. A busy weekend with the kiddos and my wife happily trumped all other activities (except cutting the grass) for the weekend. But today is Labor Day so…what better way to celebrate than by doing some labor!I had just enough time to squeeze in some work on the still unfinished bench today. It has been sitting, base assembled and dry, with the top merely resting in place now for 3 days. Time to get bac...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #12: The Deadman

09-04-2012 04:06 AM by Mauricio | 35 comments »

Hello LJ Buddies, Here is my most recent progress. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. I previously milled the grove on the underside of the bench. I cut a rabet 3/4” in from the front and glued on a 3/4” tenon. This was cut by hand. First had to perfect the fit. Laid out the design with a wax pencil. Bandsawed the curve then cleaned up with a spokeshave. After drilling the holes and cleaned the Jatoba with Acetone and glued on the tenon an...

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21st Century Workbenches Project #7: The First dry fit this will give you an Idea of how big these benches really are.

09-03-2012 09:59 PM by thedude50 | 10 comments »

Well my Friends I have been at if for some time now and felt it was time to get busy I worked on the legs first after a critical error the leg assembly had to be broken down which was a big job and then the legs were taken back one step the outer legs were re worked and the bench was put together for a test fit and to let the tops lye flat for a while to get them as flat as can be. First we made the leg assembly this is a through mortice that is back cut and wedged together for a tight fit...

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