Following on from my September two-day beginner’s class with Paul, and having finally got a semi-useable workshop area, I saw a few weeks back that the new series on building a workbench would be launching, so, although having never built anything (apart from perhaps the sharpening plate holder!) with proper techniques and having only made my first proper joints at that class, I decided to jump in at the deep end and have a go at following along with this project.
There may be something of a hiatus shortly while I get a bandsaw sorted out, but all being well and with a bit of luck I’ll keep progressing nicely.
As Paul nicely demonstrates, building a workbench without a workbench is always going to be ‘interesting’, but luckily I had bought a couple of Jawhorse clamping trestles last year during a Homebase clearance sale, and they are proving to be worth their weight in gold, well, almost.
Photos show the work so far – collecting the timber needed, planing the studs down for the bench top, laminating and then more planing (with a before and after to show how the planing really makes such a difference), and finally cutting to length – sadly not with a proper saw but a hardpoint, which I still owned from the days before I saw the light. I have since acquired a Spear and Jackson decent re-sharpenable saw and a couple of other vintage saws which need some attention.
Glue used in the laminating was Polyvine Polyten, a white, quick grab and waterproof adhesive which I found to be excellent, and it’s the easiest for me to get, being stocked in my local independent DIY store which I like to support.
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