I am dedicating this installment to GaryK’s comment from a previous entry. Gary this picture is for you: In addition to these three bags of shavings, there were a several more that either were added to the compost or made spectacular fireplace starter on some recent colder rainy nights. The three planes pictured below were my workhorses, the scrub in the top most position, no. 5 in the middle, and smooth at the bottom. In the course of all this planing, I am finding the ergo...
Last night I went to the auction in the town where I live and could not believe what they had on the auction block, it was a vintage beech workbench top with a wooden vice. It didn’t seem like no one wanted it so I made a starting bid of two dollars, and my bid turned out to be the only bid. So, I got this workbench top for two dollars. The top is in rough shape but I think I can bring it back with a little work and a new base. Last week at this same auction, I was able to buy an olde...
From time to time I get some comments or a PM about the bench. I’m grateful for those who have remarked so positively about my blog. Thanks! Now, I’ve finally gotten around to posting the actual SU file to the 3D Warehouse. Here is the link to the file.
I think the blog series will be in order from here forward. I haven’t had a lot of time to allocate to the workbench project lately, but was able to get the additional plane blades and sharpen and hone them. Much more pleasant to have a couple extras at hand and take nice shavings. It is such a great feeling to have a plane well tuned and work a piece of wood. visible above is a shot of the planing beam as I finished up one side. I have a combination square resting on it and got ...
Ok, I am back with another installment from my workbench experience. Today’s post talks about putting on the aprons and endcaps, the vises, and the reasons why its not so great to shove a chisel into your finger… I didn’t take as many pictures of the endcaps and the aprons as I did other parts of the project, but I can describe the process a little to make up for it. The front and back aprons were attached with a spline made from some scrap douglas fir from some other p...
OK, I had 8 rather large mortises to cut for the feet and top of the trestles for a new workbench and thought my little tool would come in handy. It did a handsome job, so I thought I would share. I also did my first video, just the camera on a tripod, 5 minutes of routing. Boring unless you like this sort of thing. I thought this would be a good time to explain some of the things that need to be decided, even for something this simple. Unlike hand routing, you actually have to...
This is actually Part II of the series, Part I is in part II of the series and Part II is here, hopefully Part III and thereafter will appear in the correct sequence. One evening after work last week I was finally able to carve out a little time for the NFWB project. I am waiting for a drill press on back order so in the meantime I thought I would start squaring up some of the stock I had previously cut for pieces of the bench. In this photo on the left side of the saw horses is what...
Ok, back to blogging. The next picture is me using the top on sawhorses in its first job as a workbench. I needed a good surface to clamp the legs to in order to scrape them even with the scrapers that are on the right in the picture. Who woulda thunk that flat pieces of metal like card scrapers would be useful with just a slight burr on them? I love things like that that are low tech and do a better job then all our fancy other gidgets and gadgets. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ga...
Well, I have to admit this is a new one for me. I’m in the final steps of completing my version of the new fangled workbench and was moving the top, back and forth over the leg assembly. It’s 2’ x 4’ x 2” thick with a 50 pound Craftsman woodworking vise on one end. Weighs about 125 lbs. Never actually picked it up , just moving, flipping it top to bottom, so I could get to the bottom and fit it to the leg assembly base. Well, low and behold,, I hear a gi...
Okay, I think I failed to emphasize in the first post how much of a learning experience this was for me. I knew that I would learn a bunch before I started, but I definitely didn’t know how much. The more time I spend in the shop, the more I realize I do not know, and wish I could spend more time and have more room, and have more time, etc. This entry is going to be about the next stage of this process of building a workbench. At some point after I had milled up the many pieces fo...
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