Workbench #1: About midway, I'd like to think.

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Blog entry by fumehappy posted 04-23-2012 03:54 AM 7350 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Suppose I should put something up here so it’s not so empty.
Maybe this will be an inspiration to someone.
After much thought and observation, I realized I needed an actual workbench. I pondered all the different models, and decided to design my own, just because I could. While it may be either over complex or problematic, I’m shooting for something functional that looks great, but I’ll settle for functional if that’s what it comes down to. I’d like to have the whole thing complete by the end of summer. It’s been in progress for about a year now, but as i’ve accumulated the proper tools(such as the pictured mortise and firmer chisel), the work has sped up greatly.
I decided to make two trestles out of a large piece of oak I had. The trestle tops will be dovetailed into the sides with a cross member across the bottom. Then, I will have two oak streatchers the length of the bench. On the top, I’m only going to peg one side of the work surface to see if that will prevent cupping or deforment from expansion. Worst case scenario I can just peg all four sides or even lag bolt it from underneath. one of the key design features i needed to have was the ability to disassemble the top to move the bench when the day comes.

At this point, I only need to chop one more mortise hole, and the trestles will be done, waiting for the lengthwise stretchers. Top will be 9’ by 2’ 4 inch thick maple. I’ll post again when the undercarriage is assembled.

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 01:10 PM

Massive Parts…check
Massive Joints…check
Nice rack of tools…check

This is going to be a great bench.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 07:52 PM

Can’t wait to see how this will pan out! Keep posting your progress. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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