|Project by Doer||posted 09-02-2010 10:05 PM||3221 views||10 times favorited||33 comments|
This has been my summer project. I built a new shop 30×50 and began furnishing my Dawg Haus with Old Woodworking Machines. My first purchase was a 1962 Delta Unisaw and a Delta 4” Jointer. Next was a C-Man RAS (really not my favorite but the price was free), then a Delta 14” BS made in the mid 60’s. I was disappointed with the small jointer and found a Powermatic 50 on CL. I bought a PM120 which is a 12 planer but it is still in the process of rebuilding. Latched on to a Boice Crane OSS, a Powermatic 30 belt/disc sander, a Delta 15” drill press and a Powermatic 45 lathe. Finally I added a Powermatic 81 Bandsaw and a Delta HD shaper. All bought for ridiculously low prices except for the sander…..so….....I now need a workbench. Bought 200 BF of 8/4 Hard Rock Maple and a bit of Black Walnut and to work I go. The top is edge glued maple with a few Walnut boards thrown in for cosmetics and is 3” thick. The aprons and breadboards are 5” wide and the top measures 7’6” long and 31” wide. The tool tray is three 8/4” boards cut on the bandsaw and smoothed with a straight cut bit on the shaper with a guide bearing before gluing up. The base is all 8/4” maple with a bit of 4/4” Walnut and joints are mortise and tenon with draw-bore Walnut dowels. The floor between the stretchers is Cherry with Walnut plugs on a cleat under the floor which is dadoed to the stretchers. My front vise is a NOS Record 53E vise I found from a local seller and the tail vise is one from Lee Valley manufactured in CZ. Both are quick action. I mortised the vises rear jaw slightly below the top and inset so only wood is exposed. Dovetails were cut on my Powermaitc 81 using a jig I built from MDF and final fit was by hand. I made the outer wooden jaws to match the sled feet thumbnail profile using the bandsaw and a shoulder plane. Finish is Boiled Linseed Oil and Turpentine hand rubbed. Only thing I have planned to do is drill dog-holes. My father owned a cabinet shop and as a child, I was his very affordable helper (food and lodging) but this was really my first woodworking project in many years and these are the first dovetails I ever made. I used a couple of books to assist my design and all power tools used except for the planing was made with tools from the 60’s and 70’s that I have bought and rebuilt to some extent. My intention is to build a bar for my Dawg Haus next with cherry and some left over 8/4 maple i have. Anyway, thanks for looking.