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 ...
Here’s a video about my version of Ron Paulk’s Workbench 2. https://youtu.be/YTM_jP5nvEo
New Kind of Woodworking Clamp! #2: EVEN BETTER! Andy redesigned his 4-way parallel clamp. Check it out!
Andy redesigned the 4-way parallel clamp and now it is even better! The original design had an adjustment screw for different thickness of wood and it also had kind of a hook on the end where the two clamps nested together. The new design has eliminated the adjustment screw and the hook has been replaced with something that looks more like a regular parallel clamp. I have the actual prototypes in my shop in Minneapolis and Andy is in Denver. We posted corresponding videos to describe...
I have been meaning to do a shop tour video for some time, but never quite got around to it. Then I met a young photographer named Michael DeVowe. Michael graciously came over to my house and filmed this for me. I have received “feedback” in the past about too many “um’s and ah’s” in my presentation. After Michael gave me the completed video I went back and did some post editing and cut out most of the um’s and ah’s. Let me know how you ...
So i reckon i got too excited to get this together so not many pictures but I will try to explain as I can. Sure to be many edits…as i am posting this from memory i will do specifics later. So I left off with dryfitting my leg assemblies, i think. I took those assemblies and mated them to my top slab and aprons with clamps, while in my tight shop that night. I just had to see what it would look like. The next morning drug everything out onto my carport. And put it all together ...
So i think i left off working on tenons. I worked on marking all of them out after posting last entry. Got two of them ready for first leg assembly. And after a lot of paring and beating about i got it together. It is nowhere near perfect cosmetically, but solid on a functional level. Then i went to bed. Got up this past morning, and worked on rough sizing of tenons for next assembly. I hadn’t gotten mortices done on other 2 legs but had marked them out. After my experience cho...
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