Split Top Bench #5: It's Done ... Kind of.

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Blog entry by laxbograt posted 03-10-2012 06:41 PM 1688 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So Here’s My To Do list

1) Fine tune the top Mortises, I’m a little off square. Done

2) Finish the Tenons for the stretchers. Done

3) Make the Mortise for the stretchers. Done

4) Cut the V bottom for the Sliding Deadman bottom, and the long rabbit for the Deadman top. Done

5) Make the Sliding Deadman Done

6) Assemble with drawbore pins Done

7) Add Tail Vise and Leg Vise

8) Drill Dog Holes

So As you can see I have made some good progress over the last few weeks.

I Finished Cutting the tenons.

I then made all of the mortises, I cut one of them entirely us my new Narex Mortise Chisels which was definitely more difficult and time consuming, but once again helped bring a better appreciation of the process.

I then realized I should probably cut the recess for the acme nut I had bought for my leg vise. I want the nut to be secure so I split one of the laminated boards off of one of the legs, I would love to say I planned this ahead of time but it worked out when I was “finessing” one of the tenons into the top mortises and the board came free. I drilled the hole so the it would just let the Acme thread fit through. I marked the nut and chiseled it out for the recess.

I then cut the two 45s for the of stretcher for the sliding deadman. I had to improvise a guide for my table saw since it is a right tilt only.

I then routed a long grove for the top of the deadman to slide in, sorry didn’t get a pic, I cut it using my router and a straight cutting bit.

I then cut the deadman to size and cut the large tenon for the top and the v grove for the bottom. I thankfully realized to do this before pinning everything, that would have complicated things.

I have to say at this point I was pretty depressed I dry fit all the joints and drilled everything for the drawpins but I noticed that the bench didn’t seem very rigid, granted I hadn’t actually pinned it yet I just thought it would be tighter. Thankfully once I put the drawpins in it pulled everything square and tight.

So here it is pretty much done.

I still have to:

1) Add Leg Vise

2)Decided to add an Apron Board to the ends to help keep everything symmetrical when I add the Tail Vise.

3) Add Tail Vise

4) Drill Dog Holes

And That’s it!!!

I have to say I have been able to use it a good amount already and I am very happy with my decision to make this bench it is going to make my life much easier.

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 07:29 PM

Nice truck!

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 11:12 AM

Thanks Max

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