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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #7: Finishing the top and M&T on Front Legs.

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 06-21-2012 03:09 PM 5824 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello friends. After more failure with the wooden screws I decided to order some dust collection attachments for the router and order some more maple dowels. While I waited for those to come in I worked on the top and legs. Here is a quick pictorial tour of my progress.

Flattened the top. This is the first real workout for the #7! Worked great.

Square edges, stool as board jack. First real workout for the #5 to. I love it, it really gets the work done fast!

I decided a 2.5” top looked to skinny in proportion to my legs, so I beefed up the front edge.
This is how it should look when done.

So I glued on some more wood to beefed up the front 3.5” of the front. The finished thickness is about 3.5”. The legs will mortise directly into this thicker part so its more than just an apron.

I cut my tenons by hand, I seem to remember that this workbench was my excuse for buying the Veritas carcass saws so I had to use them. This part of the build was actually a lot of fun.
Laid out the tenons on the legs

The notch trick to guide the saw

And ripped the tenons

Chisel out the line for the shoulder, and the notch on the corner again.

Tenons ready to go right of the saw. Almost no shoulder plane work needed to fit into the mortise later! Very gratifying to accomplish this with hand saws.

The first mortise I tried to do galoot style with brace and bit but that was hard work in oak.

I tried a corded drill with forstner bit but that didnt work well and burned the wood.

I continued for a while with the brace and chisel but it was taking way too long. I had to figure out a way to use the drill press. Let me just say, I am ill equipped for work on this scale.

I had an idea but the hole time I’m thinking, “this is a bad idea, this is a bad idea” but I had to give it a try.

I sat my drill press on my flimsy HF workmate and held up the ends on my cheap HF roller stands. It held but barley.

I almost dropped my drill press and bench top when pulling the top off the press but luckily I was able to catch both and avert catastrophe.

So here is where I left off last night (finished at like 1:30am) I’m hurting today.

Next will be the angled tenons for the splayed back legs.

Thanks for watching.

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



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Brandon

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 03:17 PM

Wow, I’m really beginning to be able to visualize it! Great work on the mortises and tenons, by the way. I’ll say what we’ve all said before: This will be one sweet bench when its done.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 06-21-2012 03:29 PM

Thanks Brandon! You were telling me about hollow chisel mortisers last time we talked, I wat thinking about that the whole time. One of those would have been a huge time saver for me.

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

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-21-2012 03:32 PM

i like how the oak top came out. Coming along nicely.

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

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#4 posted 06-21-2012 03:36 PM

Looking good Mauricio. I was just watching the Woodwright’s shop episodes on the splayed leg french work bench last night, so I now understand more about the design of your bench. I must say I like it.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 06-21-2012 03:37 PM

Thanks Don, I’ll get some quality pictures for the grand finale’. Some of my cell phone pics are horrible.

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

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sb194

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 03:38 PM

Looking good. Nothing better than using handsaws and planes to bring it toward completion.

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Mauricio

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#7 posted 06-21-2012 03:38 PM

Thanks Mos, I decided I didnt want the rising dovetail though that would have been less work to cut than the mortices.

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

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CartersWhittling

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#8 posted 06-21-2012 03:52 PM

Your bench is coming along. I remember when I was working on my buddy’s bench we had to rest the bench top on the drill press too. That required quite the set up.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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barecycles

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 04:22 PM

Well done…I like how it’s coming along.

Let me ask you, are you abandoning the wood screw all together or will you pick it up at a later date? The reason I ask is I will be setting up to tackle this when I get back in town and I’m wondering if it’s too ambitious for me.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 04:34 PM

Barecycles, no I havent given up, just taking a break and preparing my next strategy. Sometimes when you have some setbacks its nice to mix in some accomplishments to get you motivated again.

Making the tap is easy, making the guide block is easy, making the thread cutting jig is easy too once you have the tap done. My screw making attempts have always been usable but not as pretty as I would like.

My challenge is making them so the screws dont chip. Carter says if you get the depth right then the router wont chip the points.

I think part of my problem was I would get the depth right and it would cut well but then after a few inches the blank wouldnt turn. I think my issue was chips getting down into the jig so I ordered a dust collection hood for my router. We’ll see how it goes.

Post pics of your screw when they are done!

-- 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 06-21-2012 08:22 PM

Inching ever-so-close to a finished bench! Love your excitement w/ both hand planes, and bit/brace work, etc. Oh, how you’ll love having this thing done and ready to work. Great progress, you’re almost there!

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

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Don W

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#12 posted 06-21-2012 08:24 PM

and no stimulation in Smitty’s remarks at all.

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

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 06-21-2012 08:28 PM

Thanks Smitty! Its funny how in your mind you can go out into the shop and finish the whole thing in one evening, but in reality you just chop two mortices and cut two tenons. LOL.

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

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Brit

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#14 posted 06-21-2012 08:43 PM

Ain’t that the truth Mauricio. Great progress buddy.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 06-21-2012 08:49 PM

^ TRUTH! :-)

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

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