I am ready to replace the top of my workbench with a dead-flat Torsion box to ease assembly of future projects. I built my current workbench a couple of years ago from plans from Fine Woodworking. The base is made from laminated plywood and is very solid. I filled the inside of the base with 6 drawers which are full and work well. The top is 2 sheets of 3/4 material that has served its purpose, but is far from flat. Part of the problem (non flatness) also stems from the fact that...
Continuing the last blog post. Took the Leg vice face to my table saw (It has a channel that the fence runs in (fits perfect) and placed a dead wood under it and drilled out 1” Spaced holes… (that way cool old cold steel pin, is yep! An old 3/4” Allen wrench!)The holes are for “expanding the jaw” for larger work.. This is it in place with a test fit of the “pin” you can use wood dowels also… or anything I suppose… OK that wor...
I began my woodworking journey a little over two years ago now. My wife and I had just bought our first house together, she had quit her job and became a full time law student and I was looking for something to do that was a little more engaging than television. My previous hobby had been tinkering with cars which I still enjoy, when I can, to this day. But our new home had no garage and we had little money to spare. So I searched my soul and the internet and decided that I would teach my...
More bench progress… Here is the “tail” vice mortised into the end of the bench. You can also see how the underside of the bench looks with all the different widths I used: Clamping on the wider “apron” pieces front and back: And adding the end aprons with dowels: As you can see I painted the 4×6 fir base black: I leveled the table with shims under the feet and then bolted the legs to the floor: And then the...
I spent most of today (Saturday) working on my Woodsmith Workbench, and didin’t get very far. I was abe to finish the base and man isi it heavy. The stretchers lock in with wooden keys and even without the top the base is very sturdy.It took two to lift ijust the base down from the assembly table I alternated the cherry/maple wood on the lower shelf to match the top. It may appear a little short in this picture but there are some spacers to be addded which will add a few ...
Once I had my two larger bench sections glued up I ran them through the planer… And chopped the ends square I used my biscuit jointer to align the two laminated “slabs,” since after this glue up it will be too big to run through my thickness planer: Two slabs glued up: And now glued up with the tool tray: THE BASE I spent $18.00 on 4×6 and 2×6 Doug Fir for the base at Home Depot: A little shaping of the feet on the b...
First two flitches have been run through the Delta thickness planer:
Ordered (5) 18′ long 2×12s. Cut them to half length, yielding (10) 9′ long 2×12s. Ripped each into three equal pieces, yielding (30) 9′ 2×4s. Planed the faces of each, reducing thickness to 1 3/8″. Picked 24 good ones, divided into 4 groups of 6. Started gluing up the four flitches (each will be 8 1/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ thick). Each will be allowed to cure for 24 hours, then will be run through the planer. Then the four bench segments will be glued together. for about $100...
I began working on the mortises in the top and had a complete relapse in talent. The first one was horrible. I used a drill guide I bought from Sears in hopes of everything being perpendicular and cleaner. Boy was I partially wrong. The first one came out horrible, but cleaned up so,so. I’m so glad this wasn’t one of the mortises in the base. I started trying to use a 1-1/2” fostner bit but eventually downsized to a 1-3/8” and chose to clean them up with a chisel. I was having a hard time sta...
So, I took Friday off to work on my bench some and to get away from work. I ended up having a great day and being actually productive too. I got up early just like I was going to work, early in the morning I laid all my mortises and tenons out while everyone was sleeping trying to make the most of the day. I was plenty apprehensive about cutting these mortises because this was all the scrap poplar I had left and all the other mortises I cut in the past had been abominations. I set everything ...
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