Starting up a workshop the second time around.

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Blog series by David Kirtley updated 07-15-2010 07:06 AM 8 parts 10081 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Background and gathering the resources.

06-15-2010 07:37 AM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

Once upon a time, I had a pretty well outfitted workshop. Plenty of tools and workspace. After having most of my tools stolen in a break-in, I put woodworking on hold. Thankfully, they mostly took the tools that I was least interested in and attached to. I boxed up what I could salvage and now, 12 or so years later, I live somewhere else and have started getting geared up to make some stuff. The nice thing about starting over is that you don’t have to make the same mistakes again. T...

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Part 2: Workbench plan

06-16-2010 10:07 PM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

While I am waiting for my vise to get actual measurements, I have been working on what I want for my bench this time. It is going to be a lot smaller than my last one. It is also going to be made from dimensional lumber and sheet goods. A solid hardwood bench is pretty but it is so impractical. It usurps a lot of expensive lumber and you have to spend so much time preparing stock. Straight out of the big box store for this one. I am going with only once vise. I have ordered a knock-off pat...

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Part 3: Sometimes you win.....

06-19-2010 05:52 AM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

Well, I was almost finished with my bow saw project. I had finished the frame and finally got around to making the handles tonight. Well, I was trying to make the handles tonight. I finally got my 4 jaw chuck for my lathe. Apparently, there is going to be more of a learning curve than I was expecting. First of all, I am paranoid of getting a tool hung up in the chuck so I stay away from it. Somehow when I am doing stuff that has a risk of biting me, I go extra slowly and carefully. I ende...

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Part 4: Small changes in the workbench plan

06-20-2010 06:21 AM by David Kirtley | 4 comments »

Well, it is a fairly minor revision. I went to the lumberyard today and I got a pretty good deal on some 4×4 rough cedar wood for the base. The base is going to be built completely out of cedar. Cedar is one of my favorites woods to work with. They sell it here in in much nicer dimensions than the regular stock. Nice square edges and nearly full size. The 2×4 lumber is actually almost 2” x 4”. What a concept. It smells nice and it cuts easily. Tools do need to be sharp...

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Part 5: It was a good weekend

06-21-2010 07:43 AM by David Kirtley | 1 comment »

Well, the weekend was productive. Saturday, I got the leg units for my workbench made and the cross beams cut to length. They were easy to put together and get glued up. Just a lot of handsaw and chisel work. Kerfs every 3/8 in or so and then chop out the waste and trim level with a chisel. Glued them up and filled some knots with epoxy. The only thing left is to mortise the legs for the crossbeams and make the tenons on the crossbeams. I will probably just cut the tenons on the band saw a...

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Part 6: Chop Chop Chop

06-24-2010 05:56 AM by David Kirtley | 0 comments »

Well, I now have all my through mortises chopped. Thankfully, that will probably be one of the last times I will have to chop a mortise on floppy sawhorses. I will soon have a bench instead. Not too bad though. About 2 hours to do the 8 through mortises. So about 15 min each one. This included marking and a lot of fiddling and repositioning the sawhorses. I tried several techniques. I tried some with just a chisel and mallet chopping style. That was fine as long as I was only going about ...

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Part 7: The gentle art of persuasion

06-26-2010 09:03 AM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

Well, the base is assembled. I will try to get some pics up to compare to the plans but it is real close. I trimmed up the tenons with a big honkin’ chisel that I use as a slick. Makes quick work of it. Grabbed a persuader (5 lb sledge) and a leftover block trimmed off the legs and discussed the relative merits of the shoulders of the tenons seating against the legs. Everything sits nice and solid now. The only construction I have left to do is to pin the tenons and glue on the pad ...

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Part 8: Progress feels good.

07-15-2010 07:06 AM by David Kirtley | 0 comments »

This has been a good week for getting stuff done and working toward having a place to work. I made another bench. Well, not quite the same as my workbench but very similar. It is going to give me a place to put some stuff. I am deciding right now but it will probably hold my mortiser, my wet grinder, and my baby drill press. I am really playing musical chairs with my tools to make room for the latest addition. Not totally woodworking related but I picked up a little metal lathe to add to...

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