So I came home Friday and found the non-shop side of the garage looking like this:
My Wife had cleaned/thrown out and organized that half of the garage and it was my turn to shape up and do some spring cleaning.
I separated all my wood into stacks and threw out all the scraps that had no business being there. Below is a picture of the pieces I’m working on for the base.
Got half the saw dust/cobwebs…
This photo shows the underside of the workbench. I’ve been planning this bad boy for a couple years at this point. The main principle comes down to this: make a workbench for free (almost.) I’ve taken what I like from several benches and incorporated them into this one. You can see the cut out for the router, the holes partially drilled to prevent tear out when I come through from the top, and the grooves plowed to allow space for the threaded rods. The vises will be made out of wood, an idea taken from Mike Dunbar’s workbench plan in FWW.
Ah, much better.
And another angle to show off the “Mary had a lamb” staff turned pull-up bar.
And here we have the main purpose of the holes, to hold the work on the bench. After making my David Haig inspired rocking chair I saw that my bench needed to do a lot more for me. The first reason being that I used WAY too much plywood to make the bending forms that I clamped all the curved/laminated pieces on. The second reason being that I don’t own many clamps at all, and at $50 a piece that would not do right now… even if I made my own clamps out of wood or bought them second hand off of craigslist…
So looking at other options I found the amazing draw-bore technique. Thanks to the workbench plans I saw that led me to a blog by Schwartz, then I found a Roy Underhill episode, and a wood-whisperer video. I was also finding ways to clamp things without regular clamps, like using dowels, wedges, your bench vise, etc…I have to give credit to Paul (shipwright) for his FANTASTIC wedge vise and shoulder vise system. But, by the time I found that I had already bought the tap and die to make wooden threads for my vise. The knowledge is still great to have.
So with these dowels I can use my vise (nearly completed) wedges, hold fast, all thread rod with knobs, etc to hold things on my bench. I am also going to experiment with metal dogs that have been tapped to accept a lag bolt to be used as clamps, because heck- that’s what a clamp is anyway. You can see my wooden prototype with the bolt sticking out the top.
Well, after fighting with Photobucket I think I’ve got the pictures the way they will all fit.
Hope you enjoy, more to come.
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