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Some mornings, it really DOES pay to chew through the straps. #1: Workbench Time!

05-09-2012 04:54 AM by WoodenGoliath | 0 comments »

Sometimes, going out drinking with my family can provide me with inspiration. I think (maybe, I dunno…) I have finally come to the decision on the kind if bench I am going to build! I’ve only been agonizing/debating/pulling out my hair about this since, ummm, forever. I have looked at thousands of different displays of some of the best and beautiful to the strangest and weird benches out there. Some seem like they might require a doctorate to build while others vaguely resemble...

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Building Myself a Workbench #1: Doing the initial leg work

05-02-2012 11:55 PM by tsdahc | 1 comment »

So I have decided that after I finish my current three projects, 2 boxes and a hutch, I need to build myself a workbench. I recently got some hand planes and have found that my current set up is very inadequate for that work. Matter of fact anything other than assembling projects is not well suited. I use a pair of plastic saw horses and one sheet of MDF cut lengthwise just resting on top. It moves shakes bowes you name it it probably does it. This was always was meant to be temporary, w...

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Roubo-ish Workbench #1: Roubo modifications - please poke holes in this design

05-02-2012 01:46 PM by John | 13 comments »

My dear LJ friends and community! Please tell me what you like/dislike about this idea. the thought is to make a roubo workbench out of 4×4 nominal lumber (Lowes has 4×4 doug fir for about $1 a linear foot) This will be my first of two roubos, so this one is practice. The second will be “true to Schwarz” and made from big timbers with a big wooden screw (from Erie) and a real wagon vise (probably from bench crafted) – but this first one will have a metal scre...

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Workbench #5: Trestle Base Complete

04-29-2012 05:56 PM by twobyfour16 | 7 comments »

Time to glue up. Since I painstakingly fit each tenon to it’s matching mortise, I was fairly confident that glue-up would go ok. To solve the short clamp issue, I went down to the hardware store & got some couplers to hook pipes together to get more length out of my pipe clamps. Also, I borrowed some longer parallel clamps from a friend – and I’m glad he had them! I did a dry assembly & everything worked great. It was a little tricky to do by myself, but I g...

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Workbench #4: Stretchers

04-29-2012 05:22 PM by twobyfour16 | 3 comments »

Back at it. Since the plans for the workbench called for stretchers that are 1 3/4” thick by 4” wide, I had to get back to laminating. The rest of the bench so far has all been built with Lenga (Chilean Cherry, some call it), but I recently acquired a bunch of nominal 1×8 black mahogany that had been edge glued for width. I got it cheap (very cheap) because it was edge glued with no attention given to matching the color. The material is 3/4” thick, and I d...

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Moxon bench #4: thinking about the Moxon vise...

04-28-2012 07:44 PM by John | 1 comment »

I hav had these power press bar clamps for over a decade forgotten in a bin and used them for the first time today. they are nice! nicest pipe clamp I’ve ever used. what a shame they were discontinued after Irwin bought the company. (aside: I’m not happy with Irwin, they’ve ruined Marples chisels) I’m wondering if I can use these to make a Moxon vise? here’s a quick sketch to be followed with a slow sketchup…

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Moxon bench #3: gluing up the top

04-28-2012 07:22 PM by John | 0 comments »

jointing 6’ long 4×4s on a little benchtop jointer is part crazy and part gymnastics, cursing helps, but patience helps more. as tough as trueing the reference face is, squaring the second face is the real challenge. at times nearly all the weight was hanging off the end with all fingertip strength focused on keeping the ref face on the fence. but my little cast iron craftsman continues to impress. felt like i was channeling Rob Cosman as i checked each piece with winding stick...

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double wagon vise thought... will it rack?

04-25-2012 02:04 AM by John | 5 comments »

...using a vise screw like this http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=41664&cat=1,41659 what do think? will it rack?

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solid-door workbench #2: Making the base of the bench, note pipes in stretchers!

04-22-2012 10:57 PM by ChrisMc45 | 3 comments »

Putting together the underpinnings of the bench, I used some of the ideas from C. Schwartz on Roubo bench, mostly about mass. I did not do true through-the-top timber framing, but did use drawboring on the end assemblies because they are permanent. Stretchers length might change in the future. I chose not to whittle my pegs from stock, but used dowels and a belt sander: To pull the whole end-assemblies together, I used my biggest drift. Schwartz had a good article on putting shop-made...

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travel #1: Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County PA

04-22-2012 02:06 AM by John | 0 comments »

... THANK YOU to http://lumberjocks.com/VillageCarpenter – I have driven by the Cloisters a million times, but until I read about it in her blog, I never considered going. workbench in the workshop from the Ephrata Cloister. (pictures go here – but no joy in posting flickr pics, please click the link below) The English Style workbench had no stretchers across the front or back – but on closer inspection, I think I found the mortises where they once were. It̵...

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