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21st Century Workbenches Project #5: the first top is done Yea I am Happy

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« Part 4: A small change in wood and a huge savings in money and we are now off and running the build Begins Part 5 of 21st Century Workbenches Project series Part 6: Milling the legs »

Well guys and Gals the first top is now done and it is on to the second one . The Glue Ups were done the way Bob Lang says to do them. Normally I do things my Own way but this time I thought what Bob said made sense. I was happy to be in the shop and doing the work that I love. I was worried that after the glue dried the boards were not all the same i had different thickness boards all over so some thought went into how to Plane it so I would get a flat top and on both sides it had to be right. The Little Dewalt733 is ten years old at least not a hiccup It worked very well. The little Black and Decker workmate holding the planer by friction not so well the wood is just to much a quick bench build may be in order to have a table i can bolt the Planer down to for safety reasons. so that will be done before we plane bench tops for the second Bench Later this week. Here is the pictorial version of the Bench so Far I have taken a few shots for you but I do forget to do more so sorry about so few photos of the build so far

Thats me and John Ormsby striking the deal John is a great craftsman and a nice guy I like him a lot and hope to spend a few days with him learning new stuff. The Truck at it load limit nice 8/4 Silver Maple nice wood

The Glue up begins by gluing a Pair of boards together after face jointing and planing the boards as thick as Possible the goal is to use 6 boards for the top the top cant be wider than the dewalt planer SO WE ARE SHOOTING FOR A 12 AND A HALF INCH TOP

THESE SHOTS SHOW THE 7 BOARD GLUE UP WE WERE A TINNY BIT OVER TWELVE AND A HALF INCHES AT THIS POINT BUT I WANT THE TOPS AS THICK AS WILL FIT IN THE 733


A few Passes on each side and the job is done the little planer that could it worked like a champ but this is the limit of the lunch box planer dont think its not the weight was as much as the feed rollers could move and they needed a little help when it got tight in the box.

this is the first of two tops that are now done i have to wait to cut it to length the goal of 90 inches was set and it looks like i will get the 90 inch tops out of the bench so i AM Happy I WANT TO THANK Bill Barkley AND HIS grandson Tyler FOR THE HELP Planing and the big glue up it was more fun and came out better than if i HAD DONE THIS ALONE I am very happy to have friends in the shop Bill and I are good friends now I have only known him 6 months and it is like we have been friends forever we work very well together he is a wonderful wise man who is a good sounding board for my Ideas. Well guys it is late and I should have gone to sleep 5 hours ago please LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKE THE BUILD SO FAR I will try to take more photos of the second bench top being made this week .

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech



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racerglen

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#1 posted 765 days ago

Lance, that looks like it’ll be a monster when done.
Love Maple, my bench is 2” full dimention Western Maple with an Oak apron around the edges, some thing I wouldn’t do again. The Oack tends to splinter at the edges.
Great to have friends to pitch in on the big stuff isn’t it !
Looking forward to following this further.
Have a great sleep ;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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jim C

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#2 posted 765 days ago

Lance,
Great job, as this will be a bench for the ages.
That sucker will weigh a ton!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 765 days ago

I built this same bench on a small scale at 7’ due to my shop size and have had a blast with it now for over 3yrs. The tool tray in the middle really help keep thing in somewhat of a orderly faction. I also located my vise on the tail end is probably where I spend the most time on the bench. I also have a twin screw handle vise on the left front which get use somewhat but not as much as the other vise. You pick a solid bench to build looking forward to see your progression, enjoy building it as I did….Blkcherry

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Brit

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#4 posted 765 days ago

Nice progress Lance. That’s a beast of a bench.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#5 posted 765 days ago

Great looking top. What’s the thickness you have for it?

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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Brohymn62

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#6 posted 765 days ago

Nice top!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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chopnhack

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#7 posted 764 days ago

And so it begins :-) Best of luck with your build, it looks like your off to a good start with some fine wood!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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thedude50

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#8 posted 763 days ago

thanks you guys I hope I do a great job on the joinery as I will be doing the second top next for bench 2 and will then start on the base for the remander and it should go pretty fast i WILL BE USING POWER TOOLS FOR THE BUILD AS MUCH AS i CAN I will be using my planes of coarse to smooth things out and hope the bench meets both my and my uncles needs.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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ShaneA

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#9 posted 763 days ago

Nice progress Lance. Looking forward to more.

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thedude50

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#10 posted 763 days ago

thanks Shane I appreciate the support

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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thedude50

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#11 posted 759 days ago

Well guys Today I machined up 7 more boards and did them in 2 glue ups. One of 3 boards and one of 4 boards then I will simply glue them together. This was a nice glue up and I think I will come close to my goal of the 4 in thick top when finished at least I hope it finishes at 4 inches. This time I had some help wile machining the boards up and it went very fast and a lot smoother than doing the process alone. I have always liked the Idea of a shop Buddy and am happy I have a few of them now. As soon as the tops for the first 2 benches are done I will start on the bases for the first 2 benches then I will evaluate how much wood is left from the rejected pieces from the 2 benches. This will be done pretty soon and I will be laughing about this while using the bench to build the rest of my projects.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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Brit

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#12 posted 759 days ago

Keep it up Lance. You’ll be finished in no time at all.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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thedude50

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#13 posted 758 days ago

thanks Andy, I can see the end in the distance the tops are the hard part, the joinery is the fun part. I don’t know where fitting the vises falls but it has to be done.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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waho6o9

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#14 posted 758 days ago

Beautiful top Lance.

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thedude50

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#15 posted 757 days ago

Thanks MY Friend I am having to make a stand for my Planer before I plane the next two tops I don’t need a shop accident and hope this stand prevents this from happening.

-- when I am not on Lumberjocks I am on @ http://thisoldworkshop.com where we allow free speech

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