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 !
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