Split Top Bench #2: Planed, Squared and Tenoned

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Blog entry by laxbograt posted 02-13-2012 03:32 PM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it was a productive weekend.

First I got the lumber for the legs eight 2×6’s they were pretty nice so I didn’t plane them, something in retrospect I wish I had, I just glued them and clamped them in two stacks of four.

I then got the top unclamped, everything held together well. One thing I wanted to make sure was that the top was nice and flat so once again I pulled out my surface planner and slowly started evening the top and bottom. Once that happened they were still just over 3 inches thick and did I mention heavy I figure each side of the top must weigh 40-60 lbs, either that or I am getting weak.

Anyway looked good nice and smooth enough, don’t think I am going to sand the top a little roughness will help grip the work, and quite frankly its a workbench not a dinning table.

Once everything was flat the top was flat I decided to get it squared up got everything marked and pulled out my new Diston and started sawing. I will tell you now that in the last couple months I have gone on a hand saw frenzy and decided I would be doing all the cutting and squaring using my various handsaws.

So I got started with my newer Diston and got started after several minutes I decided to give one of the other Distons a try so I grabbed a older D8 and I must say what a change. After closer inspection the newer Diston was marked crosscut but looks to have been resharpened to a rip cut. The older D8 was a beauty, it cut incredible nice fast and straight, and it also has a great handle it fits my hand perfectly so it is a joy to use.

So after repeating that a couple times I got all the ends nice and square, I was pretty happy with how it came out considering this is basically the first time I have every cut something like this by hand.

After they were all done I stacked them to check the finished product. I look to be about 1/16 -1/32 off between the two, not to shabby.

Well after a couple hours my arm was pretty sore, so I decided to call it a night.

Next morning feeling rejuvenated I started on the legs, I planned them square and cut them to size.

So then I got started on making the tenons for the legs I got to use my rip saw and I can now say that I do not like ripping stock. I don’t no why it seemed to be sooo much more effort to rip the ends for the tenons rather then crosscutting the shoulder cuts. Anyway after much effort and profanity i got them all done.

Sorry didn’t take any pics of this process I just kind of spaced out and got it done.

Here is the final product I ended up with, looks to me to be a nice strong foundation for the bench.

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 03:36 PM

Spectacular! I wish I had the room for a bench of those dimensions. Loving the handwork and giant tenons. Excellent!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 06:47 PM

Now you are discovering the joy of machine tools, lol. It looks like your project is coming along well. When you said you didn’t like rip sawing, it made me think of the guys who pit sawed big logs into boards back in the old days. I’m pretty sure they felt the same way as you do about rip sawing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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