Holtzapffel workbench project #2: top and legs

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Blog entry by martin007 posted 09-03-2008 05:04 PM 4309 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: making a top will boards face up? Part 2 of Holtzapffel workbench project series Part 3: top assembled- now resuming work on the base »

I finally decided to build the Holtzapffel workbench.

I have all legs and top parts milled, legs are glued, top pieces ready for glue up.

top is ash and red oak, 3 inch thick 24 inch wide and 72 inch long
legs are red oak.
vises jaws will be ash

I have not decided yet on the layout of the top pieces, I have 6 peices of oak and 8 of ash, So like in the picture (hard to see) it might choose to be (from the front) 2 oak, 4 ash, 2 oak 4 ash 2 oak

By the way this is my first ever project, and I hope to not do a major mistake because I am out of dried lumber

Here is the legs glued, When doing this, I have not paid attention to the grain ring orientation and I don’t know if I should have. In the picture you can see that one leg was face glued with end grain ring opposed and on the other leg, the end grain were in the same orientation. I sure would like some feed back on this. on the bottom picture, some nasty cracks appeared after glue up and I wonder why. The boards were in humidity equilibrum with the shop and I sticked stack them a few days after rough cutting them. Again feedback much appreciated

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 05:24 PM

Good luck Martin :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 09-03-2008 05:35 PM

Good way to start, and thats a nice thick top!

Don’t worry about screwing up – we all do it, it’s only a matter of how bad the screwup is, and how creative the recovery is. but if you want to avoid that- just take your time, mark all your pieces 1000 times over, and keep track of each piece, it’s direction , it’s orientation, and stick to your markings…

And welcome to LJ :)

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