I’ve been wanting to build a bench for a long time now. My brother bought me a LV large vise quite awhile ago which had been the major money stumbling block at the time. Well life happens and I never built the bench. I have been using an old oak table that I had scrounged from somewhere, here it is: So today being “Louis Reil Day”...an excuse for the government to give us a day off in February… I figured I’d catch up on some projects that have been sittin...
I built a workbench. I had been thinking about doing the old solid door on saw horses trick, but changed my mind. The thought of setting that up everytime that I wanted to work was depressing. I found one at Fine Woodworking. It is strong. I have built the base and the top. I did learn a few things from the project. 1st is that there is a reason that you should start working on things that will go in your shop before working on fine furniture. I mis-drilled the holes in the 4×4s 3 times ...
After getting the space somewhat cleared and reorganized, I cobbled together my tools and a work area-kinda. The plywood I’m using had already been cut to size for another storage project in my outside shop, so I’m hoping the majority of this is usable for this project. We shall see as I am trying to lay all of my pieces out by pencil first. Started cutting out some of the smaller pieces by jigsaw but they weren’t as straight as I’d like soooo we’l...
Next up is the apron on the front. As I noted before, I will not be having a lower front stretcher, so this apron will need to combat racking forces. Glued on with some dowels to help with alignment and strength. Legs are through-tenoned into the top. (Mortises were left during the top-glue-up process). And here are a few pics of the half-lap dovetails joining various stretchers to the legs: The legs at this point are only about the thickness of a 2×4, but they will be dou...
So the first phase of my workshop reorganization/upgrade had to be my workbench. In my first entry I mentioned that my current “workbench” was actually two metal framed shelving units which stand 3’ tall and have a plywood top. When I bought my home in 2011 this shelving unit was already in the garage half loaded up with old paint, left over tile and a few extra trim boards for the kitchen cabinets. At the time, I didn’t have the setup or time available to start bui...
Like many of my fellow LJ’s my workshop is setup in half of my two car garage. My workshop has been setup over the last few years as I’ve acquired new tools, and taken on new projects. Because it grew gradually there was no overall design or plan behind the setup… it’s just kind of happened. I’m sure that sounds familiar to someone else out there… So after I completed a couple of Christmas projects, the whole time muttering under my breath (or occasio...
Soooo, it’s been a while. There’s been a lot going on and I haven’t found a lot of time for woodworking. I’ve worked on a few small things here and there, but nothing major. I’ve recently gotten back into woodcarving and have been enjoying dreaming up projects and learning new techniques. I got out to the shop one day a couple months back and decided I wanted to shorten my bench and put the vise closer to the end. At first I tried to do it with a skill saw...
Well, I’ve started on my workbench build…I’m going ahead to start writing this blog even though at my pace (a few hours a week), it may take a few more months to finish. Here’s the general goal…I’m sure it will evolve a bit as I build it: This bench has a few design parameters that contribute to it’s odd look:-It has to fit in my small workspace in the corner of the garage, so 5ft is the length.-I want my Anarchist-style tool chest to roll u...
I retired last year and we moved from San Diego to The Southern Oregon Coast, we are renting out the SD house. I purposely left my old workbench in SD to force myself into finally building a new workbench as the old bench was not very good for hand tool woodworking. I love the design of the Roubo and knew it was in my future. There are no local lumber yards here that sell anything worth using for a workbench, just construction material. In my searching for a lumber source I found a family...
After a long uphill battle with my girlfriend, she has finally decided that I need a small bench/ assembly table at our house. My main bench and all of my tools currently reside on my fathers back porch, But due to my work schedule and time constraints it has become necessary for me to be able to do some work from home. So why a rough start you ask?...Two sheets of 3/4 MDF and one sheet of 1/4 tempered hard board later. Ouch! They slid right out of the back of my SUV directly onto my shi...
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