I am just getting started in this hobby and have learned a lot from people who have posted their experiences and projects online. In return, I wanted to document my first project which is the Holtzapffel bench. Unfortunately, I started working on the bench before I found the lumberjocks website and did not photo some of the construction in the beginning. I plan to document the project a little more closely. I will also try to point out things that I learn along the way to help new woodworkers save time when building this bench.
It is taking me some time to build this bench because I have had to buy the tools as needed. I am also learning skills and have been practicing before applying them to the bench. I opted to go with the southern yellow pine. I bought the lumber from a big box store close to my house. I had to adjust the dimensions a little since the lumber was already processed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
This is the face vise chop glued and clamped up. I can’t believe how heavy this thing is once it was out of the clamps!
Here are the tenons on top of the legs that I cut by hand. I have since tuned up a Rockwell table saw that I will use to cut tenons in the future. I have to admit that I wanted to build this workbench completely by hand, but I did use the table saw to rip the boards. Everything else is hand sawn and planed.
These mortises are courtesy of a mortising chisel that I received as a Christmas gift from my wife. Thank goodness for an understanding wife. Just as long as I leave room for her to park in the garage!
This is the glued up chop for the end vise and a better pictures of the legs. You can see the side stretchers next to the legs. I have since cut the tenons on them and the longs stretchers. More pictures will follow.
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