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Blog series by twobyfour16 updated 09-05-2012 02:00 AM 6 parts 20057 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: Step 1 - the top

07-18-2010 06:55 PM by twobyfour16 | 9 comments »

Decided to totally re-vamp the garage into a full on woodworking shop. Have misc. crap cluttering the place up, including a bunch of “almost” worthless wood. So, in the interest of clearing some space & finally starting to build my first real workbench, I decided to start with a nice thick top. The wood – I acquired a bunch of rough lenga (a hardwood from Chile that resembles Cherry) that is a hair over 1/2” thick. It came from some 6/4 material that was re-s...

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Part 2: Trestle components

09-01-2010 03:47 AM by twobyfour16 | 5 comments »

Quick update on the workbench. I laminated up the rest of my thin stock into the trestle components. 2 trestle feet & 2 tresle top members plus 4 trestle legs. I haven’t figured out what to do with the stretchers yet, but am considering a different colored hardwood (Mahogany / walnut?) So, although the progress is slow, I am having fun learning about laminating, milling to size, etc. I just ordered the 2 vises from Lee Valley. Although I was originally going ...

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Part 3: Workbench - Trestle base beginning

04-15-2012 06:22 PM by twobyfour16 | 6 comments »

Back at it….FINALLY!!!Considering my last entry on this project was almost 2 years ago, I thought I had better get going. I resumed work on my workbench recently. I had most of the trestle components laminated up (legs & feet anyway), so I started working on the mortises & tennons. I started with the feet, which required 2 big mortises (1 1/2” x 2 1/4”) 2 1/2” long. I drilled most of the material out with a 1/4” drill bit followed by a 3/4” fors...

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Part 4: Stretchers

04-29-2012 05:22 PM by twobyfour16 | 3 comments »

Back at it. Since the plans for the workbench called for stretchers that are 1 3/4” thick by 4” wide, I had to get back to laminating. The rest of the bench so far has all been built with Lenga (Chilean Cherry, some call it), but I recently acquired a bunch of nominal 1×8 black mahogany that had been edge glued for width. I got it cheap (very cheap) because it was edge glued with no attention given to matching the color. The material is 3/4” thick, and I d...

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Part 5: Trestle Base Complete

04-29-2012 05:56 PM by twobyfour16 | 7 comments »

Time to glue up. Since I painstakingly fit each tenon to it’s matching mortise, I was fairly confident that glue-up would go ok. To solve the short clamp issue, I went down to the hardware store & got some couplers to hook pipes together to get more length out of my pipe clamps. Also, I borrowed some longer parallel clamps from a friend – and I’m glad he had them! I did a dry assembly & everything worked great. It was a little tricky to do by myself, but I g...

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Part 6: Skirts & Vises

09-05-2012 02:00 AM by twobyfour16 | 3 comments »

So, the top needed skirts, obviously, so time to laminate again. This time, I used 3 pieces of 1×8 black walnut. This gave me a skirt that is 2 1/4” thick, and 6 3/4” wide – after cleaning up the edges. I glued up enough blanks for the front skirt, two end skirts, and chops for both vises. I did not get very many pictures of this process, as I had plenty of lamination pics earlier….I will say that these skirts were BEEFY! And heavy. So, now I had to figure...

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