I’m surprised at how much progress I’ve made since the last blog, especially since this part was pretty hand tool intensive. The following is the process I went through the make the lower shelf.
I had a bunch of rough sawn Red Oak that was perfect to use up on the shelf. I’m done making furniture out of Red Oak so I really wanted to burn through it all with this bench build.
So I got a nice workout two days ago with the wooden Fore, Scrub, and Stanley #5.
I got these boards flat enough on one side to run through the thickness planer. But before that I scrubbed the other side to remove the dirty exterior to save the planet knives from the wear.
A couple of the boards were kind of narrow so I edge jointed them two at a time while they were still in their rough state. I put a slight hollow in them which made for a nice spring joint.
This was my first time trying this technique. It worked great! The joints were so good that all I needed was one clamp in the center. I also used a couple of spring clamps on the ends to help with alignment.
After all the boards were flattened and run through the planner I jointed one edge with the #7 and made the other edge parrallel on the Table Saw. Now for some fun with the old Stanley #45!
But before that I removed the the machine marks with the #4
I wanted to do a beaded shiplap on the boards, because The Schwarz did it :-), but also because it made sense to allow for expansion and contraction while adding a little style. I also like the fact that the bead does have a practical purpose. It rounds over the edge which makes it stronger, otherwise the edge would eventually chip and you would see it any way. So instead of hiding it, accentuate it and add a decorative detail.
I tested it out first on some scrap. This is my first time
trying out the #45. It worked fine, it took some fettling to get the depth of cut just right. But the results were satisfactory.
Now for the real thing. I don’t have the wagon vise installed yet and the dogs are not quite close enough to the edge but that didn’t stop me at all. There are so many ways to secure work on this bench!
I ran all the beads on one edge of each board.
Then cut rabbets with two cuts on the TS for the other edge. Funny how you tend to forget to use your brain when you run boards through machines. At least I do. You can see in this pic that I ran the wrong face along the fence on many of these boards which undercut the bead a little too much. Oh well, hope they hold up!
This morning I cut, aligned, and screwed on the cleats for the shelf. No pics of this boring process. The only tricky part was putting a 15 degree angle on the back cleats. I just laid it out and planed them down to the line with my #5. It was a very quick process.
Then I shot the front edge of each board with the new #62, still with the factory edge on it. I haven’t stopped to sharpen yet but it still slices end grain like a champ. Then on the back end of the board I cut a 15 degree angle so it would match the back stretcher and legs. Sorry no pics of this.
And the result!!!??? Drum roll please!!!........
From the back:
I really like how it came out. I’m glad I didn’t skimp on this part of the bench or procrastinate and leave it for later. I really think it completes the bench.
I had planned on putting the shelf at the bottom of the stretcher the way Roy Underhill and Schwarz did. But I don’t plan on putting a lid on it to make it a tool chest. At this point I just want an open shelf. And if I ever do decide to put a low cabinet down there then the shelf is already good to go flush with the top of the stretchers
So the bench is practically done.
Next I will take it apart, smooth all surfaces
Tweak a few minor details
Then I will drill for the drawbore pegs
I want to make a drawbore pin, I know I don’t really need it, but I just want to. And I already bought all the parts for it.
Flatten the top again
Apply the Oil/Varnish blend
Glue on leather pads on both vises.
Martin Luther King day on Monday which means no work, so hopefully I get some more shop time in this weekend.
Thanks it for now folks, thanks for watching!
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch