FWW Workbench under way #3.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-02-2009 06:07 AM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay it’s late, and I am dripping sweat, so forget the pics tonight… But there has been more progress…

My shop time, like always was very limited tonight, but I did get a great deal done.

First things first, cleaned up glue drips I missed last night. What a pain! It is MUCH better to get these before they become giant globs on your work piece!

Next order of business is to break out the flush trimming bit from the wall mounted bit set. New discovery, rocket scientist me did NOT allow enough room to open the bit set cabinet door before it hits the shelf bracket. Need to move 1.5” to the left… (Ode to joy, another project patching sheetrock and reinstalling drywall anchors because I didn’t calculate in room for a door to open…)

Set the router up, no biggie. Flush trimmed the top. LOML MAJORLY violated our cardinal rule of the shop. Thou shalt not disturb me when power tools are in use… I now have an uneven edge, and it’s on the top side of the top. :-(. I’m glad this is just shop furniture, but I need to reiterate the importance of not disturbing me when I am running power tools to her… This is a safety issue and has me concerned… Knowing my luck I am going to make this whole thing worse somehow… I can’t win can I?

So there goes the idea of edge banding it. Unless I want to fill in the gap with putty, which I don’t. So celebrating the plywood edge is what it’s going to be!

Now plenty of measuring, and digging through the scrap bin comes up with some scrap birch ply in 1/2” and 3/4” to do a glue up for the mount block for the vise. Into the clamps and with glue it goes. I know I cut it too soon, but I wait 2 hours, and saw it down to size. New discovery, burning smell, and resistance coming out of the back of the blade.. I guess I didn’t get the fence quite as square as I had thought. Grab a KNOWN parallel surface (aluminum block milled by a CNC operator friend of mine) get the allen wrenches out and find out WHY it was out of square. Dummy left one of the allen screws loose. Line it up, Dab loctite on the threads, tighten it down.. Run test pieces through the blade, problem solved…

Did I mention the remaining hardware I needed was obtained immediately after work today? I was missing the lag bolts, and the 8mm 1.25 thread pitch 250mm long flat head bolts to hold the vise faces on…

Tomorrow the forstner bits should be in. I measure, mark, counterbore, and drill the holes. I still need to get to Woodcraft to get my glue spreader set, and another set of dowel centers.

All things considered, with only one screw up on this so far, I think I am doing pretty well actually. And I am going to call that “character” of the bench…

At the rate I am going. I might just have a complete workbench to post here before the holiday on monday…

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 06:11 AM

keep on trucking

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 06:21 PM

Can’t wait to see pictures of it.

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 06:45 PM

Being disturbed in the shop is indeed a safety issue! I succesfully trained my wife and kids early on. After instructing my wife that she could not sneak up on me to tell me it’s time to eat she thought it would be better to just turn the light on and off to get my attention! We soon took care of that and now she just yells to me whenthere is a lull in the noise from the machines. Believe it or not, she also now understands that just because she calls I can’t always drop everything and obey. It is uncanny how she always summons me in the middle of a glue-up.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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