In early 2013 I was exploring what hobby I would enjoy during my retirement. MY SEARCH FOR A FULFILLING HOBBY Model RC planes and computer games like PS3, XBox were studied some. Then I recalled how much I enjoyed working as a carpenter for my Uncle Henry when I was a teenager. He hired many of his nephews, my cousins during our summer breaks from high school. It was fun and very satisfying because you could see at the end of each day what you had accomplished. It brought a lot of gr...
Hidie Ho there neighbors. Today I was able to get the rest of the wood for the top milled up and it is taking shape; all be it an unusual one with multiple levels. I just can’t do anything the easy way can I ? About half way through the day I wondered about what I would use for the front. I wanted something showy obviously. I remembered I had a piece of Birdseye hidden away in the attic vault. How’s this for a well traveled piece of wood; when I lived in West Virginia I too...
So today juror #31 was not called upon so I got to work on the bench top.I managed to get the back forty glued up and most of the front slab cut out. In my last posting I had hinted to the fact that I was unsure as to the amount of wood I had, well I came up with the best solution I could. Even though I had been saving up wood for this build over the last year, it looked like I would be short on the maple, but it will work out nice as the off-cuts will be turned into a carving bench th...
I started my website and posted my first YouTube video about 7 years ago. Over that time I did what I could to maintain them and keep them fresh, but there are only so many hours in the day. Consequently,I maintained the site fairly well, but I didn’t do much on YouTube. Honestly, I didn’t get in the shop as much I wanted to either. I recently retired from my job of 31 years. Now I finally have more time, there is STILL never enough time, but I do have more time for some of...
When milling up the material for the bench at my firms workshop i created a right angled triangular rail for the deadman to slide across, a couple of opposing 45 rips followed by a 0 rip was enough to create the slide. This was cut to the shoulder length of the front slider, glued and clamped into position.The underside of the top received a 12×20mm groove between the two front mortices created by a router and parallel fence.I cut a birds mouth at the bottom and a tongue at the t...
I have been giving some thought to replacing the bench top on my small workbench. I have been formulating the lumber I will use. i will continue to use construction grade Douglas Fir, but I will not use 2 by 4s like I did when I built it from a Woodsmith plan. I deviated from the plan by making the benchtop longer and placing a vise on the front left side. Instead of 2 by 4s I will use either 2 by 8s or 2 by 10s and rip them to about 3 inches or as wide as I can get them after milling th...
For me the stretchers would make or break the bench, if measured, cut and positioned incorrectly it introduce an instability in the bench and or make it next to unusable.I wanted them as heavy as possible so they ended up being 100*100mm.I clamped all the legs to the bench top and placed the stretchers against the legs and marked each on against its corresponding legs.I used the same mortice gauge to mark the tenons, scribed the shoulders with a knife and went to work cutting the shou...
I had taken the opportunity to sand and hopefully relitively flatten the bench top in the workshop, it looked nice but a couple of winding sticks and an 1800mm straight edge proved it was far from flat.My Stanley No5 1/2 was sharpened and I went to work. Thankfully there was little twist and after a few diagonal passes the worst of the bumps where gone. I reset the plane for a much shallower cut and began to plane with the grain until I got full length shavings.I didn’t go mad, I wa...
I’m a carpenter, I fit out kitchens, offices, cafes for a specialist joinery firm that runs a modest workshop.By chance they had overordered a batch of Spruce pine and had no immediate use for it.After a brief chat with the boss and workshop manager, 7 of those boards were wheeled to a massive table saw, the legs, stretchers and top were cut to an oversize dimension and length, then surface planed and edged and then thicknessed.My intention was to hand build this bench over the Chri...
I’ve yearned for a few years now to have my own space, my own small shop and build my own bench.I’ve been inspired by YouTube contributers such as Paul Sellers, Billy’s Little Bench to build my own bench, that I didn’t actually need a workshop full of powerful tools to create a sturdy, purposeful and beautiful bench. My initial problem was designing the bench, what goes where, dimensions, what type of joinery to use and how to execute it. I didn’t want ...
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