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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #5: Building the Top w/ a Spot for the Wagon Vise

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 04-20-2012 05:23 PM 5320 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I put my wooden screw build on hold for a minute. While I ordered the router bit I needed to build the thread cutting jig I made some progress on the top.

Here is a quick review from previous blogs of how I got to this point:

The raw materials:
Started with a green table I got for free from a cabinet shop. Very cupped due to the piths in the slabs.

Cut out the piths.

I ended up with the good parts which were all quarter sawn, about 2.5” Red Oak. The knots will be hidden on the bottom of the bench top.

Now the Plan:
Top

Wagon Vise plan:

I squared up 3 sides of each of the pieces by hand with my #6 and wooden Jointer.

Then I had to cut out the recess for the Wagon Vise
This involved cuts on two of the top pieces before I glued them together. The first was a simple stopped cut on the Band Saw.

Followed by a cross cut by hand

The next piece I had to cut out a recess (stopped rabbet?) which all had to be cut out by hand.
It was tricky since I had only squared 3 side to keep as much thickness as possible so I couldn’t reference off of the bottom of the piece which would have been the most logical. So I used my router table and cut out a groove as high as the bit would go and finished off the rest by hand. By sawing, drilling, and chopping. That was not a pretty process so there are not any pictures of that.

Andy here is how the recess ended up.

Once that was done I drilled holes for dowels to keep the pieces aligned for glue up.

This really helped out tremendously when doing the glue up. This dowel trick together with perfectly hand planed joints, I felt like I could have glued this top together with one clamp. But human nature tells us to use almost every clamp we own just to be on the safe side. I used plenty of glue as you can see, no starved joints here.

So now I have a bench top with a spot for a wagon vise! It netted out to 14” wide.

It’s all downhill from here. Stay tuned for the rest of the build and thanks for watching!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch



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#1 posted 04-20-2012 05:29 PM

I’m looking at the picture of your drill press and seeing that you already have a “WORK BENCH”... :-)

Very nice progress, Maur!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 06:07 PM

Nice to see progress. you are going to have a great bench when you are done. I love this design and I am considering one myself.

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

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 06:24 PM

ERES UN CARPINTERO MC GUIVER QUE ECHA MANO DE LO QUE TIENE, PARA HACER UN TRABAJO EXCELENTE Y TE ADMIRO POR ESO COLEGA ;-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 07:11 PM

Smitty, Thanks!, that is a HF workmate that is little more than a folding table. I put on a plywood top to increase the size and clamping capacity but its never successfully clamped anything. Maybe a cutting board for belt sanding once. Mostly its my Router table, Planer, drill press stand.

Ryan, thanks for the comment and following the blog. I have a thing for the splayed legs as you know. I would consider making another one if I happened upon and old barn beam for the top. Working larger pieces of wood with planes is just a lot of fun.

Kova, gracias hermano, esa era la idea, trabajar con lo que tenia, le agrega otra dinámica/reto al proyecto que lo hace mas gratificante. El resto de la madera ya la tenia y tambien era la misma Red Oak (roble rojo?) asi que no me va terminar costando mucho esta banca.

Kova, thanks brother, that was the idea, working with what I had, it ads another dynamic/challenge to the project that make it even more gratifying. I already had the rest of the wood (Red Oak) so the bench wont end up costing me much.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 07:30 PM

Y VOS VAS A SALIR ENRIQUECIDO DE HABILIDADES PARA TRABAJAR LA MADERA ;-)
SIGUEN APARECIENDO LAS PRUEBAS DE QUE: LA FALTA DE DINERO AGUDIZA EL INGENIO JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 08:00 PM

I have to repeat that in English, Our Argentinian friends have a very different and colorful way of expressing themselves since they are basically Italians who speak Spanish. ;-)

“And your woodworking abilities shall be enriched. And it continues to prove that: The lack of money heightens ingenuity”

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 08:08 PM

It’s coming along nicely! I really like ray flecks on that oak, too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 09:22 PM

Why is the punching dumy wearing a black dress?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 09:53 PM

glue overkill?

Scott, you have something against black dress?

And a shop-mate shot!

very good Mauricio.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 04-21-2012 01:25 AM

Scott, thats because he’s my biatch. I smack him around when I f*ck some woodworking project up.

Its an apron I got out of the kitchen, I dont use it any more, its yours if you want it?

Thanks Brandon & Don

Yeah, I overdid the glue a little. I poured it straight out of the gallon so it was a little hard to control.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 01:40 AM

Mauricio,

I really respect what you are doing here. Re-purposing wood by cutting out the pith then re-gluing the slabs. That is a lot of hard work and admirable.

The splayed leg design. You did not follow the herd like I have.

The resultant cavity for your wagon vise is the same as mine, except that the width of your stopped rabbet is the same as my dog hole strip – so mine was laminated.

What final dimensions are you going for?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 04-21-2012 01:52 AM

Nice progress. Looking forward to the reveal. That is a serious amount of glue. The black “apron” is a little disturbing : )

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#13 posted 04-21-2012 02:02 AM

Thanks Scott, I’m following PurpLev’s design for the wagon vise and it looks like he got his inspiration from the Benchcrafted vise. Hopefully mine will turn out as good as his. He says it does the job pretty well.
My bench including the tool tray will be 24” wide and about 70” long.
I can’t wait to see how yours turns out its looking awesome so far.

Shane that B.O.B. the shop gargoyle that is disturbing, he scared away the would-be tool thieves.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 04-21-2012 04:02 AM

Mauricio this is one of my favorite bench designs. And using the re-purposed wood is great. She should serve you well. Keep us tuned in.
Great work.
Do you own a glue scrapper? ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#15 posted 04-21-2012 12:50 PM

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