I just finished “Workbenches” by Chris Schwarz. I really enjoyed the book and it gave me a boost of motivation to get started on my workbench project. I enjoyed his writing style, his humor, as well as the little bit of history that was sprinkled in. I saw the quote somewhere years ago that “A man that does not know the history of his trade is continually forced to reinvent the wheel”. I tend to believe that. My current workbench is a folding table from costco. ...
I chamfered the feet, put on the top and installed the vise its the groz 7” quick release…
Well folks, Here’s a little video of what I’ve been working on the last week or so. Ive got a bunch of projects in the queue but I figured that this “tool” would help things go a little smoother. Especially because Im about to need a good way to hold my work for my first hand cut dovetails…
“When you have completed 95% of your journey, you are only halfway there.” -Japanese Proverb I need to remember this proverb whenever I approach the end of a project. I find that there are two finish lines when it comes to my tasks. The first finish line is where I start to feel good about what I have accomplished and the second one is where the project is actually completed. This is certainly the case for my workbench. It was, actually still is, my first project. The day tha...
As I’m setting up and building my workshop, and seeing all those really nice workbenches built by woodworkers here, I’m thinking that I’d really love to build my own, but how to build a piece that will last me a long time while keeping the cost down on a limited budget. Hardware will cost money. I’ll have to buy a couple decent quality vises, so I’ll need to keep the cost of wood down. For the base, I’m thinking that I could go for construction grade ...
This is my first woodworking project that I began when my daughter was first brought home from the hospital. The plan was from a woodworking TV show I saw on PBS one day and said “I can do that”. She is now 7 months old and I still have not had a chance to finish this workbench. I squeeze in time when I can. It is constructed from SYP and 3/4” MDF (3” thick on tabletop), and is a heavy workbench. It doesn’t need much more attention just a few more coats of p...
I have been known to take up a hobby or 37. At 42, on the cusp of 43, and well into the ‘balding’ years, I have decided that, in lieu of a midlife crisis, I would take up woodworking. Don’t get me wrong, a new car and a 27 year old with huge, firm, hands would be wonderful; But I can’t afford the 27 year old, and I am not into cars that much. In the summer of 2009, I went to an arts festival in Des Moines. The gentleman, who won best of show, did so with some amazing etched clay bowls. I a...
I’ve completed the torsion box workbench top! I milled the cherry boards using my jointer and planer and finished with a little hand-planing to remove the mill marks. I attached them using screws, keeping them flush with the top surface. Even so, I had to hand plane the cherry top in some places because it was a little higher than the table top. I counter-sunk and counter-bore the screws, leaving a 3/8” diameter hole. I used a plug cutter to create some plugs from birch...
I put on both skins, the hardboard top and even picked out some rough-sawn cherry to finish the project! I created 3/4” plywood squares to just fit inside of the torsion grid. I placed a row of them in line with my front vice in order to have more depth for potential bench dogs (1/2” MDF + 3/4” Plywood). I also attached a double stack (1.5”) to the bottom skin, where the bench vice lag bolts will attach. This should give plenty of support for those pieces. I...
Today I assembled the internal grid and attached one of the skins. I started by taking off the current workbench top, and leveling the top of the base. The top rests on two aprons that run end-to-end; one at the front and one at the back. I used hardwood shims (from a previous project) to adjust 3 of the legs and level the 2 apron pieces both left-to-right and to each other (front to back). I then placed (2) 2×4s, which had been jointed and planed, on top of the aprons, the sam...
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