|Project by murrayintokyo||posted 07-13-2016 03:17 PM||2533 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
I grew up in Canada spending time in my dads workshop and soaking in all those years of experience . But I moved to Tokyo and always lived in closet sized apartments and never dreamed I could be woodworking myself. That all changed when I moved into a house that happened to have a large toilet/bath I was not going to use. A small but workable space at my disposal; First Step, a proper place to work on!
——I had two design goals; 1) no metal (except for the vice hardware) and 2) can be disassembled.
My dad sent me a router, and I had a cordless drill and a palm sander. Otherwise is it was all hand tools. I got a very good Japanese hand plane, a few saws, a few chisels and a box of Band-Aids as a precaution.
There is no home depot, and the local hardware stores are limited. I was lucky enough to find a local timber yard run by a friendly Japanese man trying to get more Japanese into the DIY/Woodworking world. He sourced me some high quality Douglas Fir for my bench.
——Douglas Fir body with Manchurian ash for drawbores, and Japanese cherry (sakura) for wedges and vice handle.
I started with a Paul Sellers design but digressed to meet my own goals and tastes. I carved in a tool well, used mortise and tenon joinery (first time to chisel a mortise!!) with wedges on the stretchers, legs flush to the front, a few simple bench dog holes.
In the end, I am pretty darn happy with how it turned out. Final specs are 160cm x 65cm x 99cm and 80 kg (63” x 25.5” x 39” and 175 lbs) finished with Danish oil.
Big thanks to all the you-tubers and bloggers, of whom I spent hours studying and referring back to as I went though this process.
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You can see the toilet where the bench is going to go. Tool well taking shape
Arrghh too many shavings!! (honey, can I buy a jointer? pleeeease?)
Thanks for the router dad!
Wow, that took longer than I thought… but oddly satisfying.
A small place to try and work in!! (the view from the toilet)
Toilet removed, bench assembled, and finished !
Done !!!!!! time to finally open that beer I have been saving (Local Japan craft brew!!)