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Blog series by terryR updated 08-11-2013 07:36 PM 4 parts 13635 reads 64 comments total

Part 1: Cutting and pasting the legs

12-20-2012 08:14 PM by terryR | 19 comments »

Welcome to terryR’s Bench Build Blog… I’m sure you know the story…I need a bench…so, let’s build one, right? Only problem is that I’m very much a beginner woodworker, so a bench can be quite intimidating when first considered. Luckily, I recently purchased Paul Seller’s book Working Wood 1 & 2 which is full of information on using hand tools. I’ve learned quite a bit from hanging out in the forums on LJ’s…but I also love to have a good book ...

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Part 2: Ugly Mortice and Tenons

01-16-2013 04:14 PM by terryR | 17 comments »

Welcome back to terryR’s Bench Build Blog… When I left you guys hanging last time, I had just chiseled the mortises into the legs. The next step was to cut the tenons in each of the rails which attach the legs into an assembly. No problems…I had been practicing this step…and recently purchased the LN 14” Rip Tenon saw for just this task since my other rippers felt too small in my hand. I know I’m only cutting pine here, but this LN loves to rip! The brass back is s...

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Part 3: Putting the Pieces Together

03-02-2013 09:45 PM by terryR | 9 comments »

Welcome back to terryR’s Bench Build Blog… When I left you guys hanging last time, I had just laminated together the aprons, and cut them to length. Now, it’s time to assemble the legs and the aprons…a step which filled me with much apprehension because of the importance of the joint. The long, beefy aprons on this bench provide the stability and reduce racking when in use since there are no lower stretchers. According to my instructions, Paul Sellers’ Working Wood 1 &...

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Part 4: The Finish

08-11-2013 07:36 PM by terryR | 19 comments »

Welcome back, everyone, I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since the last blog update! But, you know how life can be at times… The good news is…the Bench is complete! Let’s see if I can share photos from the last phase of the build… With the tool well secured via glue and wood screws, it was now time to flatten the top. I had been apprehensive about this step, but all the bench-building books I read made it sound fairly straight forward. I started with my shop m...

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