|Project by morath||posted 08-05-2016 02:43 AM||829 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I’m back again with two more projects. Since my last post I have built an actual usable workbench and cleared out the corner of a three sided barn for my work area. The leg vise is great. The “new” bench is 5×2 and 38” high and build from scavenged material.
My second project is a simple five board bench made from a southern yellow pine 2×12 and a spruce 2×4. The inspiration came from Charles Neil’s youtube video. The construction is just pocket screws, glue blocks, and a couple of face screws since they would be covered over. The curves were cut with a jig saw and the straight lines with a hand saw. The wife painted it the same color as the front door and I placed in my old “workshop”—-aka the front porch. After I finished it I realized that it would have been better to cut some dadoes in the aprons for the legs to sit in. Next time…. Right after I put it out a lady walking down the street just stopped and stared at it for a few minutes and a few visitors have asked were we bought it. I’m rather proud of it.
The second project is a writing desk inspired by a Steve Ramsey youtube video. My wife plans on painting it white and putting a glass plate on it and using it as a vanity in the bedroom. It was built to fit neatly in a recess in the wall between two closets. It’s mostly pocket screw construction with some glue and brads thrown in. I made my own pocket screw plugs. The kreg ones are too large and by making them myself I saved both money and time in making them flush to begin with.
The desk has a pine plywood top with cut up 1×4 furring strips for trim. 1×4 furring strips are used for the drawers with a 1×5 pine appearance board for the drawer faces. I tried using pocket screws to make the drawers, but the screws kept pulling the boards out of square, so I wound up using glue and brads in a butt joint. The 1/4 drawer bottoms sit in rabbets with brads holding them in. The legs, stretchers, and some side-bottom pieces are made from 2×4s ripped to size. The same pine plywood is used for the sides and back and are inset 3/8”. The inset drawers have full extension ball bearing slides from Amazon. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to make the inset drawer faces line up. The legs have a small taper at the bottom with the rest of the legs and top getting a 1/4” round over—-I had to justify a router purchase somehow :)
Thanks for looking.
p.s. I had trouble with the figuring out the even spacing for laying out the drawers. I switched to metric for that and it was much easier. Maybe those Europeans have a point….
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