Workbench base in progess.... #4: The short rails...

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Blog entry by Mike posted 08-15-2007 03:06 PM 1071 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…the temp outside dropped pretty quickly (lower 80’s) this evening and I was able to get out in the garage and work on the base some more. I had a noble idea of hand chiseling the mortises for the rest of the base. I don’t mind doing this, but I want to get this base done so I abandoned that idea this evening. After chiseling last night for a couple hours and this evening for a bit more I decided I needed to utilize the tools at hand. I proceeded to turn on the drill press with a 3/4” forstner bit and cleaned out the two mortises in about 10 minutes. I still have quite a bit of clean up, but the majority of the material is out.

I made a slight mistake in cutting the pieces for the rails. I cut them to the exact finished length and left myself no room for error during glue up. Well….I had error and the shoulders were not even so I had no choice but to add material that will be cut to make the lengths perfect. I only needed about 1/32” but I figured it would he easier to glue the thicker piece. I’m taking notes at every turn on this project. I love it!!

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#1 posted 08-15-2007 03:24 PM

Good recovery. Good luck on the finishing work.

-- 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 †

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#2 posted 08-15-2007 03:25 PM

Thanks. I’ll post pictures of the finished joint so everyone can see how it turned out.

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#3 posted 08-15-2007 05:25 PM

good thinking adding wood instead of settling

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#4 posted 08-15-2007 07:28 PM

Good save… FWW had an article on fixes and this was one of them.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 08-15-2007 09:08 PM

Thanks Bob. I hadn’t seen the article and couldn’t find my board stretcher so the only option was gluing additional wood on the end. I will post another entry when I get around to cutting the shoulder.

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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