Finally I got to drawboring point. Dowels were ready, drawboring pins were ready, M&T on the legs and stretchers were ready. Drilling holes for drawboring didn’t cause any problem. Since I wasn’t sure my drawboring technique was good enough I used glue and clamps to get best possible results (and I didn’t care about chances to disassemble legs in the future). And you know, the drawboring started with “the good” part: I heard a quite a bit...
First of all, my workbench build is far beyond the point that I’m going to share, I just have bunch of pics and I decided to throw them on the blog. There’s nothing special here, but some little documentary to remember. So… For M&T job I made couple of marking gauges out of pine. I know pine is not the best choice for this, I just wanted to practice a little before making marking gauge of my dream. I put pins just where I needed and then just re-inserted...
I bought a sheet-metal workbench at a yard sale down the block in 1998. For $10, the guy helped me carry it down the block and into the basement. It was 48” wide by 24” deep by about 34” high. The metal base had a little rust. I replaced with top with 3/4” plywood and used 2×4’s to strengthen the shelf. I don’t have pictures of this bench, but will provide pictures for the new one. The biggest problem was that it was not well suited to clamp wo...
So far so good. A few setbacks and mistakes (to be expected) but over all its been great. The bench is all made out of 2×4s and 2×6s from Lowes with 3/16 thick white oak veneered on top. Now its time to power it up. To start with i needed a power bar where i do most of my work. I had some left over grey/black “hammered finish” oil paint that i covered all the boxes, switch plates and the power bar itself. It tied in the look of the pulls nicely. See t...
So I decided to breakdown and build a workbench for my super small shop. It was a hefty decision, considering I’m working in a single stall garage from the 50’s that barely had enough room for my sedan from the beginning. But it seemed to me that a workbench was a must if I wanted to take fine woodworking seriously at all. With that being said, I also didn’t have the time, space or skills to plane tons of boards to an exact thickness and insure a quality top after it was ...
I thought I’d take some time to do something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. See, if you look at a lot of the workbenches here on Lumberjocks you’ll see some real craftsmanship and a lot of artistry. But these guys use wood like oak, maple, cherry, walnut, etc. Don’t get me wrong….if I had the choice I’d make mine out of maple and cherry and walnut in a New York second. However in my situation, using hardwoods is just too expensive. It...
This workbench has came a long way. Started off by ripping down 2×8’s for the legs and the stretchers, then hand to mortise out the legs, create half blind dovetails and I’m finally at the top of the bench. In this video I show how I chose to mount the top of the bench so I can keep everything portable. I also cleaned out the shop a bit and placed the bench in its resting spot. Still lots of cleaning to do in the shop, but the bench is ready to go! Check out the video on YouT...
While shoving a full tow of coal up the mighty Ohio river, somewhere near Augusta, Ky, the hometown of Mr. George Clooney, and only about 10 miles from home, as the crow flies, Iam trying to wrap my head around my workbench. (Long sentence huh?) 1week of 3 down only 2 more to go till i can sit in my recliner. At this point i havent locked in the style of bench i want to build. The size is not locked in either. I do know for sure my top will be 3” thick, somewhere between 24-30̶...
I FINALLY found enough free time between work shifts to get the back 2 legs and side stretchers attached. Since I glued up the toolwell before installing the back legs I wasn’t going to be able to drawbore them into place so I decided to wedge them instead. So a couple relief holes and a bit of saw work later they were ready to go but first I needed to do the long stretcher. Again, drill and offset the tenon.. make some pegs and get all my ducks in order for this operation since ...
I got started attaching the base to the top last night. Only got about halfway through it because it was late and I didn’t want to rush through it and mess something up. But so far so good. This is mostly a short picture post but you should have an idea of what is going on here.. Once more flip and rotate the top.. Then measure out the side stretcher by the leg vise for clearance of the chain bracket.. Then got everything drilled and ready for drawboring...
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