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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 01-16-2012 04:10 AM 1423 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HI everyone. Been working on that work bench that I desperatly need. I am using more hand tools. I realize that a good functional bench is part of the enjoyment when using hand tools.I am using the lumber that I purchased 1 year ago for $10. The table is made from three 6” x 6” soft maple beams 68” long. The four legs are also 6” x 6” maple. The outer skirt is made from 2” x 10” oak.2 pieces were added on each side to help stabilize the removable legs. The end vise is a $40. auction sale purchase. I have not put any dog holes or leg vise on yet.
What I learned so far from this experience: I CANNOT MOVE this bench without use of wheels , it kind of got REAL HEAVY
I am NOT a galoot….....started with hand saws….......turned to power saw for HELP.
I am NOT a galoot….....started with hand drill….........finished with 1/2” electric drill to HELP ME.
I am a galoot…............so far I have planed the entire top with my home made scrub plane, # 5 jack plane, #7 jointer plane and finished to date with a #4 smoother. (Proud of myself,tired, but proud)
I am not finished this bench yet, it as a work in progress…......got side tracked for a couple of hours. I was driving the 3 rods that hold beams together with WALDO. Waldo is my larger wooden mallet. Apparently he is NOT strong enough to handle such a job. HIS HEAD split in half. It took 2 hours to glue, clamp,dowel Waldo back together again.Now he is shy, eveytime I look for him I cannot find him so I pickup another smaller mallet(Its name is “MINI MEE.” I only use this little one for tapping my chisels and resetting plane blades on my moulding planes. He is always eager to GET ER DONE, just not big enough.
Some pics so far
Enjoy your work….I DO !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"



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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 05:17 AM

It looks like you are making great progress.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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RGtools

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 06:07 AM

BEEFY.

I love it when people use mass to their advantage for their workbench. Every operation you do one this bench will place some stress on it…it won’t move because it’s built like a sumo wrestler. I can almost hear it say “just try to push me around”.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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KOVA

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 07:04 AM

SO YOU ARE STILL DOING THE RIGHT THING ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 07:10 AM

Kind of heavy ? it looks like you could park a locomotive on it. Wow what a bench.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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canadianchips

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 02:37 PM

Thanks people.
a1Jim: My tendancy is to overkill rather than under build and try to brace it later !
If a table is rated for only 200lbs you just know I WILL ALWAYS put 250 or more on it !
Part of the problem in cutting the wood…..it was sitting outside under a tarp, maybe a little too damp, I do not have a heated shop.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 03:10 PM

Wow! I love this bench build so far, keep ‘em coming!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 03:43 PM

That’s not a bench, it’s a foundation! :-)

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 10:08 PM

are you planning to park a dozer on top that bench and work on it?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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canadianchips

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 10:14 PM

Oh you have seen ME in real life !!!!!!!! When I need a nap , the bench has to hold me !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 10:24 PM

Wow, that is some serious thick wood. Looks like a workout just building. Are you going to add storage beneath it?

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canadianchips

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#11 posted 01-18-2012 05:40 AM

ShaneA: No shelf, The thick legs give it enough support, no racking. I am leaving it open underneath. I have rolling tool boxes that fit under the bench.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#12 posted 01-18-2012 05:50 AM

Wow—not that is a bench. I think you need to rename Waldo to Humpty Dumpty.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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canadianchips

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#13 posted 01-19-2012 10:46 PM

This week I had the time to cut the dog holes into my bench. 3/4 ” diameter. After I finished the holes I began thinking of ways to make some pegs. One broom handle was to thin, the other too thick. I had some Walnut that I wanted to use…...........lathe would take awhile…......then it hit me. I have dowel cutters in my collection of old tools. ”SEVERAL ”of course this is ME ! Tried different kinds, the walnut was a test, I had used these on cedar but never on anything nice and hard. This is what I come out with. I NOW HAVE A SQUARE peg that fits a ROUND HOLE. Just like in the younger days when I was tested at ?? never mind those days are over.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#14 posted 04-02-2012 08:52 PM

Mate, you could do with a chain saw. Tenon saw a bit lite for those large cuts. Thanks for posting.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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