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Forum topic by one19 posted 09-14-2015 07:28 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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one19

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09-14-2015 07:28 PM

OK, so first allow me to apologize. Last winter I wrote about a bench I was going to make, beginning with a maple butcher block top I salvaged from a flea market kind of situation.

Then I fell of the planet. Until today. Sorry.

I was really grateful for all the feedback and comments I got for my project and I fully intended to post photos and complete the story on the forum. The problem was that I needed a lot longer than I expected to finish the project. To make a long story short, my employment situation changed twice in the past 9 months, and it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to get back to work on my project.

I built a woodworking bench with knock-down fasteners and a cabinet. I used about 80% recycled materials I had lying around or picked up at Habitat for Humanity, etc. I’ve included a couple images of the bench alone and in the next few days, I’ll add more photos of the finished bench and cabinet.

I realize no one was waiting with baited breath to see photos of my amateur-ish work, but I still felt bad that I left it hanging for so long.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-14-2015 07:33 PM

It’s very nice and will be a great addition to your Shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 07:56 PM

That is a very nice top for your workbench. You will shed a few tears the first time you put a ding in it. Trust me on that, we have all been there.

I am curious about the holes in the end piece. Are they somehow involved in allowing for wood movement as the width of the top expands and contracts?

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 08:28 PM

Kazooman, I’m not that smart about the characteristics of wood and wood movement. The holes were my attempt to copy another bench I saw and liked a lot. There are through-bolts countersunk to attach the maple end pieces. I just thought it was an interesting and unique detail, so I followed the example I saw…

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 08:49 PM

I understand. Wood moves and you need to allow for it. It expands and contracts with changes in moisture content. The greatest expansion is across the grain. That would be the narrow dimension for your top. There is relatively little movement with the grain. For your top you have a “cross grain” situation at the ends. The grain of the pieces are perpendicular to each other. The tendancy of the top to expand and contract will be much greater than the end pieces. Usually an end piece like this (a breadboard end) is firmly attached only in the middle. There are many methods to attach the ends of the piece that keep it snug to the top while allowing for the expansion and contraction.

Here is a lousy picture of my bench at the end vise end.

The bench is all hard maple and the top is 26” wide. It is the end of the humid summer here. You can see how much the field of the top has expanded relative to the end piece and the jaw of the vice, even with air conditioning to help dehumidify the house. Six months from now the pieces will probably be perfectly flush since I built the bench in the very dry winter months.

By the way, there is another thread about rotated pictures. I took the picture with my iPad and am posting with my iPad. Sorry for the rotated pic.

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 09:02 PM

Thanks Kazooman. I’m learning as I go… hopefully I won’t have too many issues with moisture and movement. It’s pretty dry here in Northern Colorado, even when it’s raining or snowing! No sweat about your rotated photo… I have the same aggravating problem with my iPad…

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 10:29 PM

Ooooh, Colorado.

You are a very lucky person to be living in such a beautiful place.

Enjoy your new bench. It is a very nice piece of craftsmanship.

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 03:23 PM

Here are a few more pics of my progress… still have some work to do.

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#8 posted 09-15-2015 04:11 PM

Good looking bench bud.

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 06:10 PM

Thanks, Fridge. :)

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 09:31 PM

helluvawreck/Charles,

I checked out your WordPress site… [ http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com ]

What an awesome shop set up you have! Wow! Maybe some day I’ll have a workshop like that. For now I’m grateful for a one-car garage space and a wife who tolerates my hobby!

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#11 posted 09-16-2015 05:42 AM

Nice bench! You got a real clean setup too, wish my corner looked half as tidy as yours. Half my “woodworking time” I spend looking for things in my messy shop.

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