Workbench #6: Finishing The Base

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Blog entry by yuri posted 03-22-2011 06:04 AM 4917 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I finished cutting all tenons and mortises in legs and strechers. Time to check how all the parts fit together. Here are two legs on top

Now whole bench, top up!

Couple more views

I was thinking for while about attaching legs to the top. That is what I came up with.
I glued together three layers of 3/4” plywood and glued them to the top. I used plywood instead of wood to prevent any splitting. Screws were used for clamping, once glue cured I removed the screws. I tryed to keep any metal amount to minimum in my bench? only really crital parts.

Another corner.
You can see two 5/8” hole sets, They will be used to fasten the legs with wood dowel rods.

One end of the bench is prepared to receive the legs.

Legs and strechers will be fastened with pair of long bolts. First I used forstner bit to make shallow biger hole for washers and to keep bolt head below the surface

Next I attached one leg and matching streacher for further drilling

Lets begin

One pair of holes is ready

Another holes to place washer and nut. I drilled round hole with firstner bit and squared one side with chisel.

That is how the leg is going to sit in place

Another view

The leg near fron vise is nt completely surrounded, before glueing I secured it.

One pair of legs is glued. BTW, I highlighted in red additional support because saw horse started to give up to support the bench. IT is getting quite heavy.

Another view

Next day, clamps removed

That is how the leg will be fastened to the top

Prepare another long strecher

I glad I bought set of pretty long drills during last year woodshow in Baltimore. They were cheap and I imgine that one day I will need it. The day has came. It turned out that drill are junk. Tappered portion of the bit I needed were not centered, so I just cut it. Hmm, I managed to do it with simple metal saw not problem. The still is very soft, and once I finished drilling they need new and sharper edge. But meanwhile I got the job done!

Glueing another pair


Working for leg nests on other side of the bench

He-he. I start to see the light at end of the tunnel!

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 10:39 AM

I really like how beefy everything is. Nice work!
All the mass should make a great stable platform, but I’m wondering if you build it upside down, how are you gonna flip it right-side up?

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 01:49 PM

Sarit, leg attachment is not permanent. I will reassemble it once everything completed.

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 04:23 PM

That’s coming along nicely Yuri! That bench will serve you well for a long time.

Sadly, I haven’t had as much time to work on my bench with other projects for the house that I’ve been working on.

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 04:30 PM

Josh, I know what are you talking about. Was in your pants when we bough our house back in 2004. For couple years I was swallowed with house projects, but it was fun too.

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 06:59 PM

I can share your pain. I also bought a house a few months ago, and I’m still working on house projects.

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 02:23 AM

oh yessssss. there’s the beef

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 03-24-2011 08:21 PM

Yuri hope you have many friends to help stand that puppy up for the first time.

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#8 posted 03-24-2011 08:27 PM

Yes, I have friends, fortunately I constructed the base to be mobile. Thus, I will disassemble the base, put it on a floor and will get top on top. Two guys, including me should be enough. thought to move the bench I need more people for sure.

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