I’d like to describe my process of building up a small hand tool woodworking workshop from scratch – with all successes and the mistakes I made.
The very first project was a saw buck for my father – a german description of the build is here: http://www.outdoor-foren.de/threads/holzbau.3071/#post-32901
The cross and diagonal struts got some holes for taking the dowels of simple clamping devices: https://nerdpol.ch/uploads/images/scaled_full_eb616d0d0c52478f9f09.jpg
It was still very exhausting to work around 6″ above the floor, but better than on the card box and much better than nothing. With that I built a first saw bench:
This saw bench was a gift for my father.
In the meantime I got a Bosch PWB 600 DIY workbench. It’s probably made for use with power tools. Under the forces of hand tool working (sawing and planing) it wobbles noticeably. So that was for the hand tool work surely a mistake.
Nonetheless it helped me to build the saw bench MkII: https://nerdpol.ch/uploads/images/scaled_full_42e4b37a5bc3731a7b2a.jpg
Two minutes of insufficient concentration lead to two mistakes. I made one recess on one leg in the wrong direction. The other one can be seen at the end of the bench top: didn’t care enough for the grain direction. So the grain is diametrically at the two parts of the top.
Some holes in the surface and dowels work well as planing stop: https://www.infixiert.org/img/hw/20170518_hw_0010.jpg
With a “real” planing stop: https://www.infixiert.org/img/hw/20170521_hw_0002.jpg
With the wedge driven clamping devices:
In the last weeks the saw bench got a real improvement – some kind of moxon vice:
The clamping force is stunning.
The whole box of 25 nuts doesn’t cost significantly more than the 10 nuts I wanted to buy. So it was the simplest way to screw 5 of them on the threaded rod and use it as a handle. But I’ll replace that with wooden handles as soon as possible. 😉
And of course I cut the threaded rods with a hacksaw by hand.
The next project is to build two Krenov style sawhorses: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/65878
Due to the very uneven concrete floor in the workshop I’ll build them with three contact points to the ground so that they can’t rock.
With the knowledge I gathered until now, I’m not sure to choose the same steps again to start from scratch. Probably I’d make two three legged sawhorses like this: http://www.iedu.com/ww/SawHorse/index.html
It is easier to build and remarkable higher than the saw bench. Planing, in particular milling stock by hand is exhausting and about 30 inches of working height instead of 20 inches can’t be underestimated. On the other hand – with the saw bench I can work inside the tiny cellar full of lumber (“lumbered”?), bicycles and the heating boiler.
Veni, vidi, serravi.
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