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Blog entry by christhetalentedone posted 02-21-2009 09:57 PM 831 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of my workbench in the making series no next part

sorry for not having any pictures of the actual process, i didn’t get my digital camera until i had already planed down most of the wood.
my workbench is being made out of a dark oak. it is going to have 4×4 legs, and is at least going to be at least 3 1/2 inches thick.

that is the wood for the top.

those are the 4×4s for the legs.

that is going the stretcher (or whatever you call it) for in between the legs.

here is a picture of the nice oak

that would be the gigantic planer that i used for surfacing.

and the joiner

and the huge band saw

and the brand is delta Rockwell (for those of you wondering.

-- the talented one



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 12:06 AM

This looks like a pretty good start on your bench and you have some impressive tools to work the lumber. This is going to be an interesting series. I am glad that you have your camera since I am looking forward to your next installment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 12:09 AM

Beatiful planer wish I had a big one LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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kiwi1969

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 02:45 AM

All these workbenches being made is confusing me as to the style I want for myself! Nice big old machines in your shop.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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christhetalentedone

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 04:25 AM

thank you for all the great comments

I think there is some confusion. this is not my shop ( i wish it was lol). it is the high school wood shop. the reason i am doing it there is because I wouldn’t dare to approach this project without my teachers assistance.

i am hoping to do another entry every 1-2 weeks. the next one will probably be about the glue up (that’s going to be a full day process).

i am planing to make cabinets to fit in between the legs. i have a question of what type of wood i should use for the carcass, i was thinking Baltic Birch Plywood. and for the drawers I’m not sure. i was thinking oak or walnut, or even paduke (or a mixture) i am planing on dovetailing the drawers ( if i get the dovetail jig by that time, that leads me to another question. which jig should i get ? i am thinking the biggest Leigh jig [or maybe, just maybe the biggest Omnijig…the problem is its EXPENSIVE] and one more question, what is the best quality brand of dovetail bits ?)

-- the talented one

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 04:34 AM

I used Baltic birch for both the carcass and the drawer sides, back, and bottom. I trimmed the front edge with oak. The drawer fronts are mahogany.

I got the Leigh jig a long time ago. It’s the only one I’ll ever need and I will only have to buy it once.
I got the router bit set from Highland Hardware. It’s a real nice set just for the Leigh jig.

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-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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christhetalentedone

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#6 posted 02-22-2009 04:43 AM

WOW…thanks i wasn’t expecting any one person to answer all my questions. thanks Gary. did you use Baltic Birch plywood, or solid Birch for the drawers (i am asking this because i have never done dovetails before)....oh and before i forget (again) i am planing on using a lee valley twin screw vice, and a older Wilson quick release vice.
the question that goes in that category is what i should use for bench dogs, square or round,,,i haven’t decided (i am just wanting to here different people views of what they like/dislike about the two.

-- the talented one

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#7 posted 02-22-2009 05:21 AM

I used plywood for all the parts.

I built in rectangular bench dog holes for use with the tail vise and round holes for use with the side vise.

You could do either, it really doesn’t matter, they both work and both just as easy to use.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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christhetalentedone

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#8 posted 02-22-2009 05:57 AM

thank you once again, for such a timely answer. when i tackled this project i wasn’t expecting to have so many questions, but i am glad to have the ability to contact you all through lumberjocks, and to find out that people on this website have the knowledge to answer my questions.

by the way Gary, i looked at some of your projects and…WOW i am amazed, especially with the model boat. i truly admire your skills. i am hoping that some day i might be able to tackle some of the projects that you (and many other lumbejocks) do.

-- the talented one

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Karson

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 06:06 AM

Nice start on the bench. Glad that Gary gave you the answers you needed. But, what does ge know LOL

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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