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Blog series by thedude50 updated 05-20-2014 07:14 AM 9 parts 30937 reads 60 comments total

Part 1: The Planning Phase What do I like and what else would a serious woodworker need in a bench

01-27-2012 06:13 AM by thedude50 | 14 comments »

The Plan was to build myself a workbench and then it was 2 benches as my uncle decided he needed a real workbench as well. I offered to build the bench if he purchased the wood. and I already have my two vises and he will buy his vises and the wood for both benches. I will work my ass off and make the two benches. I also have a LJ friend here in town and have offered to have his build go at the same time as mine so this could be a 3 bench deal I am excited and hit the plans one more time. i h...

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Part 2: the wood buying process is ready for step two ordering the wood.

02-06-2012 08:03 AM by thedude50 | 3 comments »

Ok we have the calculations and a small bit of input from others here and we are grateful to those that are following this build . I drove to Sacramento and got to speek with Rob Cosman during the time we spent yesterday in his 2 seminars on on hand cut dovetails and the other on hand plane restoration i learned some tricks he uses on planes but it mostly told me that i was doing a good job already and strengthened my point of view that I should be including a nes ibc cosman set with reach re...

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Part 3: Still waiting for the wood and a other option

03-30-2012 08:55 AM by thedude50 | 5 comments »

well the wood was ordered and delivered and rejected buy my wood dealer. so we wait again for the replacement wood to arrive. i know i will have to let it sit here for a while too so i am eager to get it here. I have found a source for some chestnut and thought it might make a nice accent piece on the bench but cant figure out where to put it. should i get enough to do the legs and the rest of the chassis and then do my maple top I can always use the maple but the bench will be my last one I ...

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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

05-28-2012 12:19 AM by thedude50 | 5 comments »

Well we were left scratching our hears and the word got out on LJ that I needed a bunch Of Maple to build these 2 workbenches. During another project Medic Ken Said John Ormsby had some wood for sale to make a bench or to or more. the only down side was it was not the rock hard maple i had wanted to use and so i was forced to re evaluate I got the lumber for only 2.50 a board foot I AN NO FOOL NOW AND I GOING TO PASS up a great deal. So i arranged to get the cash from my uncle who was very ha...

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Part 5: the first top is done Yea I am Happy

06-19-2012 10:38 AM by thedude50 | 15 comments »

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 ...

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Part 6: Milling the legs

07-04-2012 07:30 AM by thedude50 | 5 comments »

Today I spent the day doing the last glue up of the tops and they are either done or in clamps drying. I then turned my attention to the legs and decided to cut the long boards down to rough lengths of 3 feet. The finished size will be 32 inches. I then jointed the sides and the face of each blank. I milled each piece only until I had a clean face. this gave me the dimensions i would target for finished blanks. Next I found the thinnest piece and adjusted the planer to take a shallow pass an...

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Part 7: The First dry fit this will give you an Idea of how big these benches really are.

09-03-2012 09:59 PM by thedude50 | 10 comments »

Well my Friends I have been at if for some time now and felt it was time to get busy I worked on the legs first after a critical error the leg assembly had to be broken down which was a big job and then the legs were taken back one step the outer legs were re worked and the bench was put together for a test fit and to let the tops lye flat for a while to get them as flat as can be. First we made the leg assembly this is a through mortice that is back cut and wedged together for a tight fit...

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Part 8: Back at it at last

05-05-2014 03:41 AM by thedude50 | 3 comments »

Well guys this project stalled when I went into the spa business. So now that that chapter is on hold I am back to working on my benches. I spent a couple hours with my son planing down the tops of my bench I have also got my uncles bench almost done I made all the slate and the bottom for the shelves this is really a nice bench and I have used his to help me make mine and the whole thing is coming together. I just got the wood to build the boxes for his bench and will get mine soon too. the ...

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Part 9: no8 starting on the tool boxes

05-20-2014 07:14 AM by thedude50 | 0 comments »

Spent Saturday at Newton Woods In Fresno we picked out some 6 quarter stock to plane into 4.4chalked out the rough boards over sized and then ripped them on his 23 inch bandsaw home cut the tips off the board to square up the ends then jointed and planed all day till the blades got dull time to sharpen the blades a great chance to use the Tormek Wide blade jig and writer a review of the tool. I will be dovetailing the tool tray boxes have not chosen a method to use I am leaning towards the W...

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