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Workshop Makeover #3: Workbench Design 1.2

03-20-2012 02:08 AM by pound | 3 comments »

I turned the whole thing 90 degrees and added a base of 2×4’s to the bottom for support. (Thanks Andy). This would give me access to lots of drawers from it’s resting place. I am still lost on tactical approach to the design, but I feel I can at least handle building this design. Keep the comments coming even if it is “Don’t build that it sucks” Thanks,Smith

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Workshop Makeover #2: Workbench Design 1

03-19-2012 10:21 PM by pound | 2 comments »

I am starting to get the hang of SketchUp but something tells me that the pro version may be even better. Why spend that money on a computer program when I can get wordworking tools, right? Ok, so here is my first shot at designing a built in tablesaw and workbench. I made a stacked cabinet design because I know I can actually accomplish making a cabinet. I also would like to replace the drawers I currently have in my bench. I can’t even imagine how heavy 12 2×4x51’s a...

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mini roubo #2: progress pics to date

03-14-2012 05:20 PM by kaaahl | 3 comments »

I thought I would just catch up on some pics of my progress so far. In the back of my mind, I am hoping to build a workbench that will last for 100 years—something solid and substantial. At the same time, I am doing it on a grad school budget. So those two things are mostly incompatible but we will see how close we get. This is my first time building a project with hardwood and the first workbench I have ever built. I am building it for my father for a belated Christmas gift (I couldn&#...

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mini roubo #1: initial thoughts

03-14-2012 02:16 PM by kaaahl | 1 comment »

Decided to make a workbench for my father for a belated Christmas and birthday gift. (Working on it in the evenings after my brain is fried from writing). The space he has available is small, so I am going to scale it down to be roughly 20” x 60” or a bit longer. Based off of a lot of different elements of a lot of benches. See my note collection here.

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #1: Top&Legs Jointed, Starting to layout the Wooden Screws.

02-29-2012 03:52 PM by Mauricio | 11 comments »

A while black I posed a forum topic asking for folks advise on how to use this piece of wood for a workbench. A cabinet maker I bought my band saw from gave it to me for free. It was made from two slabs from a green oak tree so it cupped pretty bad. It had been used as a table for a restaurant. After assimilating everyone’s advice I decided I would cut out the piths, re-glue the top and use it to make a French workbench like Roy Underhill does in one of his shows. I love the splayed...

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My First WorkBench Build #8: Legs art fitted in! Now to do the stretchers!

02-27-2012 03:54 PM by BerBer5985 | 5 comments »

Fitted the legs into the mortise and tenon and I was happy with 3 of the 4. The one mortise I got a little carried away with and there’s a little gap in the through mortise, but the sucker is tight and not moving, so I’m going to fill it with a sliver of Douglas Dir to fill it, but other than that, I was fairly pleased with the results for my first mortises of that scale. It’s so sturdy the way it is, it almost doesn’t need stretchers.

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Some Long Overdue Shop Upgrades

02-26-2012 11:52 PM by Patrick Jaromin | 7 comments »

Although I’m rather anxious to make progress on the acoustic guitar project, the recent departure of a close family friend caused me to shift gears briefly to build them a going away present. During the glue-up process, I was frustrated by the lack of suitable bench space. My old glue up table was a $50 IKEA pine piece that bit the dust some time ago…and I hadn’t yet gotten around to replacing it. From the start of the shop design process I had envisioned a mobile assembly/w...

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Building My Roubo Bench #10: Connecting the Stretchers to Legs...to THE TOP!

02-25-2012 03:18 PM by Andy Panko | 1 comment »

These posts haven’t been exactly chronological. For example, in the last entry, (about finishing the underside of the top) some of the stuff I did prior to finishing the legs and stretchers, and some of it I did after. But for the sake of giving better flow to this blog, I thought I’d lump stuff together in logical parts. I digress. My drawbore pin arrived from Lee Valley recently, so I was able to finally connect all these mortis and tenon joints. As I had previously menti...

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Building My Roubo Bench #9: Finishing the Underside of the Top

02-25-2012 02:25 AM by Andy Panko | 2 comments »

Since I couldn’t start drawboring the stretchers and legs together, I thought I’d spend my wait time finishing all the work on the underside of the bench. First, I had to make sure the underside of the top was reasonably flat. Prior to doing the final glue-up of the top, I had two 12” wide sections, each of which was run through my planer. So I knew those two sections were identical in thickness and were very flat. And I used my jointer to joint the mating edge of each s...

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Workbench #1: Replacing an old bench

02-24-2012 09:36 PM by David Craig | 12 comments »

For the last few years, I have been doing the majority of my work on an old bench that was in my basement when I moved in. As a work surface for dropping old oily lawnmower parts or fiddling with a child’s broken toy, it was adequate. For woodworking, not so much. The height of the bench is about 36 inches and the width was a little over 3 feet. The boards have shifted over the years and the surface was very uneven. The amount of nails and screws made it impossible to safely flatten and...

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