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My First Workbench #9: Day 9: Still gluing...and my first tenon!

08-20-2012 11:37 PM by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

Note: To see today's pictures click here. My goal for today was to smooth out the tops of the 4 sections a little (nothing perfect, mind you, that will come later when the top is assembled) and prep them for gluing together. I was very pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the glued up sections planed with my #4 plane. About 10 minutes per section and they were all nice and smooth, with the exception of the last section, the one with the big gap from my last post. That one was also ...

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Kitchen Table #1: A Tale of Two Tables

08-19-2012 03:19 PM by hammcrafted | 0 comments »

Those of you who have read The Anarchist's Tool Chest may find the following story familiar. It was only after this project was underway that I realized that my life had strangely paralleled author Christopher Schwarz’s for a moment. It’s morning. My wife and I are starting the day: sipping coffee, stirring oatmeal and wondering whether we should wake our nearly three year old. Our eleven month old is keeping us company in the kitchen of our 1 1/2 bedroom apartment. She is sitt...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #11: 2nd End Cap and Dog Holes

08-16-2012 02:38 PM by Mauricio | 32 comments »

Here is a short update of just my work last night. Laid out and drilled my row of dog holes 3” apart. Sorry, galoot index is Zero on this one. I used a ¾” spade bit to make the wholes. Let me just say that I think spade bits are underrated. If you don’t need to make a flat bottom hole or drill overlapping holes I like them better than Forstner bits. The spade bit leaves a pretty clean entry whole and cut pretty fast with a lot less effort IMHO. Drilled out for the second end C...

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New State, New Shop #8: A Tale told by an Idiot

08-15-2012 05:48 PM by DrPuk2U | 6 comments »

It was certainly full of sound and fury for about 15 minutes, but perhaps it signifies something – like me learning yet another lesson… :-) I spent most of the summer since July 4th away from home – in sunny San Jose, California. No, not a vacation, but working away on software, as usual. (Not that I didn’t enjoy the weather which was its usual monotonous perfection, but I hate living in a hotel). I finally am back home and taking a few days off. I swore I would get out in...

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My First Workbench #3: How I learned to stop worrying and love the miter saw

08-15-2012 12:57 AM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

OOOH I had fun today! After a few days off visiting relatives, I was finally afforded time back in the shop today and spent that time cutting the 2×4s to make up the bench top. I broke out the new miter-saw (well, new as of 2 years ago…) cut all 16 2×4s to rough length (73”). Once I finish the glue up, I’ll trim the top to length with the circular saw. Here’s the result: To see the details and my comments on the Harbor Freight 10” compound mit...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #10: End Caps and Wagon Vise

08-13-2012 09:27 PM by Mauricio | 24 comments »

Back again friends, Ok, the next step is the make a wagon vise out of this screw I got from Lee Valley. Thanks to PurpLev for the inspiration on his blog:http://lumberjocks.com/PurpLev/blog/17919 First I jointed one side of the boards for the end caps then ran it through the thickens planner, etc… Next since the wood in the wagon vise recess had warped since being cut I had to trim some wood off using my #78, #92, and a chisel. I even used the front bullnose portion of the 78...

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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #9: Deadman, Cut Legs, Drill Screw and Holdfast Holes

08-13-2012 04:09 PM by Mauricio | 35 comments »

Hello again friends, I’m made a lot more progress since my last post so I will break it up into a couple of posts. These are pretty straight forward, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. Deadman: BrandonW gave me this piece of Jatoba when we first met, Thanks again Brandon! I decided to use it for my deadman. Here I’m using the Paul Sellers trick for a makeshift end vise, it works ok but I cant wait to have a wagon vise. Very dense wood but it planes...

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My First Workbench #1: Day 1

08-10-2012 01:33 PM by RaggedKerf | 0 comments »

After debating with myself for the past 6 months or so, I finallly decided on a design and got the nod from my CFO to go buy the lumber (it helps that my local Menards had a sale on everything in the store, including lumber). I won’t go into all the details and back story on the blog here, I’ll reserve that for my full up woodworking blog over at: vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com Feel free to visit that site for all the details, more photos, my thoughts, etc. I will endeavor ...

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Workbench #2: Getting Started

08-10-2012 08:27 AM by ndtrek07 | 2 comments »

So, after a bit of a delay, I’ll now start with a recap of what I’m building, and what I’ve done so far. The PlanFirst, the plan I’m working off of is for the ‘Woodsmith Workbench’, found in issue 173 of Woodsmith Magazine, and also at plansnow.com. There’s a few pics at that website, but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to embed them here or not. I’m basically following that plan with a few modifications:1) instead of the maple top (m...

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New State, New Shop #6: Bench Assemblies and Flattening the Top

07-13-2012 01:13 AM by DrPuk2U | 1 comment »

Like many other people putting together a shop and trying to work with wood, I wanted a good bench. I have a nice “machine” bench made of 3 laminated layers of 3/4” birch plywood 8’ long on two tiers of metal drawers with a nice 6” machinist vise, but I needed to build a woodworking bench, as it would be useful and building it would be an excellent experience (how little I knew!) So after reading innumerable articles, I decided I would build the Holtzapffel b...

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