Jeweler's Bench #3: The Leg Assemblies

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Blog entry by Marc posted 09-30-2010 06:11 AM 3583 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I must not be much of a Summer woodworker because it took me all Summer to get back to this project. I’d like to say I was just too busy with other things or that my shop (aka garage) was too hot to work in but in truth I just wasn’t “in the mood” to do much woodworking this Summer. However, with Fall kicking in, that old itch has returned and I managed to complete the leg assemblies for my wife’s jeweler’s bench.

There’s nothing too fancy about these legs. I started out with some 2×4 lumber and cut the main legs and the stretchers with my miter saw and the new support platform I built for it.

Miter saw with new support platform and stop block clamped in place.

All the leg parts cut to length.

Then I mounted a dado blade in my table saw for the first time and ate away at the parts for the half lap joints.

A close up of the dado blade cutting out for the half lap joints.

Finished stretchers.

After cutting the panels from some 1/4 inch plywood and routing a groove in the leg parts I could assemble both legs together.

Legs assembled.

After mounting the legs to the top of the bench it’s finally starting to look like something, and it’s only taken me 5 months (as my wife is fond of reminding me). ;-)

Starting to look like something.

If you notice the cut out areas at the inside tops of the legs in the above picture, those are for supporting the bank of drawers that are still to come. Hopefully I’ll have those done before Spring. ;-)

-- Marc,

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 07:30 PM

That’s looking good. I’ll be watching to see how this turns out. A jeweler’s bench is a very useful item, even for those who aren’t a jeweler. I came so close to buying one in an antique store, knowing I had absolutely no place to put it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 04:02 AM

Looks nice. Keep up the good work!

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 03:22 AM

Hey Marc, thats looking good. But, a jeweler’s stool is only about 20” to 22” high. That puts your work right about chin level when it’s on the bench top. For best eye focus distance; especially when using an optivisor or loupe.

Also, slightly off topic, I see you have a Craftsman 81233 contractor saw in the 3rd and 4th pictures. I got that same saw back in the spring. How are you liking it? Have you found a source for zero clearance throat plate. I couldn’t find one so I made one from 10ga aluminum.

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 05:58 PM

Thanks everyone. @crank49, the stool in the picture is adjustable, so my wife should be able to get it at just the right height for her to be comfortable. :-) As for the saw, I am very happy with it. I got mine in the spring as well and at a price I just couldn’t pass up. I haven’t really looked for a zero clearance throat plate yet, but I thought I saw something at my local Woodcraft store that would work. Sorry I don’t have any details though I just kind of saw it in passing one day and thought it looked about right. I could be wrong though.

-- Marc,

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