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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #13: The Tool Well

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 09-26-2012 at 11:47 AM 4165 reads 0 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: The Deadman Part 13 of Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench series Part 14: Wooden Screw - Another attempt »

Here is my latest progress. This blog is too damn long, I need to remember to do these more often and break them up. Sorry about that.

Mostly pictures though. Questions and Comments are welcome!

THE WELL BACK:
Trying to “Steam Bend” the tool well back straight. Notice the dowle I used to get the clamp as far out of the way as possible.

Hit it with the heat gun

Got it straight enough to joint one side and run through the planner without losing too much thickness

This process did work ok, unfortunately I didn’t measure the before and after for a fair comparison.

Flattened one side of the well back with the scrub, #5, and #7 before running the other side through the planner

WELL JOINERY
Grooving the end caps. I’ve got a #45 on the way for future grooves. For now I got creative with the bench and hold fasts. I love me some holdfasts! So versatile.

I tried making a shallow rebate on the back on the Tails to make a tighter joint with the tails. The 78 wasn’t the best tool for the job. as you can see the fence extends beyond the sole of the plane and is not held firmly letting it pivot despite the set screw. The knicker chewed up my base line. Oh well. We’ll have to make a dust riser for that corner to hide the mistake.

I tried using the 71 to true things up, it helped some but its going to be kind of ugly. I’m not too worried, after doing a few dovetails you’ll realize there are lots of tricks for hiding your mistakes.

Next I cut the tails. I’m using the bench already for everything! I love it.

Tails Cut

This is my first time using the “Chop and Chip” method of waste clean out.

Worked out pretty well!

Transferring the tails to the pin board was very challenging because the pin board is 6’ long. I had to lay both pieces on their side which made alignment and marking tough. No pic of that.

!WARNING: HAIRY LEGS IN CROCS TO FOLLOW!

Cutting the pins on he saw bench

Lots of test fitting and testing to get them to fit.

This is the good side, the other side is looser and sloppier and will need some patching.

THE WELL BOTTOM:
Smoothing the poplar board for my well bottom

Jointing an edge, the holdfasts and deadman already coming in quite handy

Rebating the bottom of the well bottom

The 78 was set for a thick cut for speed and the 92 came in for fine tuning.

I dont have a pic but I use axle keys I get cheap from ACE hardware to gauge the thickness of the tongue left from the rebate.

I fit the board in the well. Cut out recesses to fit around the legs. I’ll be hiding the fit with some quarter round molding later.

And here is where we leave off.
A #7 lays in there nicely and clear the top.

It almost clears the top sitting upright but not quite.

Another angle of the well

That’s it for now folks. Next I tackle the Wooden Screw (again) and the leg vise.

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 09-26-2012 at 11:53 AM

looks great! nice work

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 at 11:54 AM

Dang that looks good! Look out for bhog… he might call you out on the hairy leg ;-)

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

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 at 12:04 PM

Thanks Purp!

Mos, thanks, I warned him in bold letters, if he looks its because he wanted to. ;-)

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

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 at 12:06 PM

P.S. I realize my shop is a Pigsty, I actually spent a couple of hours reorganizing the shop and cleaning up. I need to post some pics on my Workshop page.

-- 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 09-26-2012 at 12:47 PM

Very nice Mauricio. It is great to see that you are getting so much use out of your bench already.

Dovetails: Did the shallow rebate make a difference for you? Also regarding “chop & chip”; have you concluded which method of waste removal you prefer? The joints came out wonderfully, well done.

The rebate for the bottom of the well looks outstanding. Wasn’t there a discussion about slots or holes in the well for the detritus (for Smitty) to be easily cleared?

Your bench is looking fantastic Mauricio.

p.s Seeing people in crocs hurts my soul a little bit.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 at 01:04 PM

Ah, very nice!~

Those leg shots are best left to PMs between you and bhog, though… :-)

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 at 01:24 PM

Tony: Shallow rabbet, I think its Money, but not with this plane and not with this big DT’s. It makes transferring your marks so easy for one, and it should give a nice tight clean looking joint on the inside of your box, or well.

Regarding Chop n Chip: I think its what your in the mood for. However, either way you have to chop through all that end grain, this saves you the step of coping saw’ing close the line first. Plus its fun.

Regarding Crocs: I only let my family and you guys see me in them. I don’t leave the house with them. ;-)

Regarding Detritus: I know I was leaving something out. I think I figured out something pretty revolutionary to deal with that. I have to get some pics when I can and show yall what I’m thinking.

Smitty, haha, I know I was going to get flack for the hairy legs. I was thinking, when I saw Mos’ hairy legs, that yall aint seen nothin’ yet! And now you have…

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 at 01:54 PM

This is great Mauricio, one hell of a nice bench to enjoy your work on for sure! Awesome blog, it takes time but really is going to be worth it. Have fun!

All the best,

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#9 posted 09-26-2012 at 02:01 PM

I was thinking, when I saw Mos’ hairy legs, that yall aint seen nothin’ yet!
You’ve got a few years’ head-start ;-)

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

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#10 posted 09-26-2012 at 02:25 PM

Looking nice, Mauricio! That’s a ton of work to be proud of!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 09-26-2012 at 02:30 PM

Nice bench Mauricio. Are you leaving the gap between the bench top and the well so you can sweep the shaving onto the floor?

-- 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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#12 posted 09-26-2012 at 02:50 PM

Thanks Joe!

Mos you calling me old you mutha f*cker! I’m Sorry then man, if it means that much to you then I conced the title of most hairyest legs.

Thanks Terry! Its taking much longer than I thought it would that’s for sure, but its been a lot of fun.

Andy, that’s exactly what I was thinking, there is about a 2in gap between the bench top and the well board, I was going to fill it but now I’m thinking of leaving it open for easy cleaning.

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

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#13 posted 09-26-2012 at 03:08 PM

Well, I could have done without the harry leg clog shot, but everything else looks great. The shop looks like mine after I’ve cleaned up a bit.

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

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#14 posted 09-26-2012 at 03:27 PM

Really like the look of this bench it look very inviting to work on, man I can feel it from Chicago. It blog like this one who inspire the woodworking addiction, enjoy my friend I for one did as well…Blkcherry

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 at 03:51 PM

Hell yea mauricio. Your bench is lookin great bud. Youre puttin a lot of style into it for sure.

What youre not putting style into is your footwear.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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