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Hand tool workbench #2: Starting with the legs

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Blog entry by brianl posted 1368 days ago 7461 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Started Part 2 of Hand tool workbench series Part 3: Finishing the End Assemblies »

I changed the overall dimensions of the bench to accommodate a top that is two feet by four feet. My shop is pretty small so I’m trying to make everything more compact.

My first task with the new bench was to create the end assemblies. So, I used a German cross cut handsaw (http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/24-Hand-Saw-7-TPI-Cross-Cut-Teeth-Germany/productinfo/520-0600/) I ordered from traditional woodworker and got to work. Once I rough-cut the lumber down, I used my new Stanley #7 plane (bought used and refurb’d it myself) to joint the surfaces and get them ready for gluing.

After I had the legs together I started in on creating the mortise and tennon joints that would join the end assemblies together. Cutting tennons by hand is always an interesting proposition, but after doing a few I think I got the hang of it.

After the dry fit I loosely put things together to see how they would do.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts



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#1 posted 1368 days ago

That looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1368 days ago

Got one going myself. Looking good.

-- Marc

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#3 posted 1368 days ago

Nice job Brian! I am building one of Chris Shwarz’s designs also (Holtzapffel). I found his book on workbench design very useful too.

-- Pete

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#4 posted 1368 days ago

Whoah..this is looking good!Nice work with the hand tools!

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