My version of a work bench.
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26 January 2017 at 2:06 am #308718
The the final lamination of the rear apron is drying while hanging from the frame (see pic).
On the front apron, two tight splits developed. One was verTical and parallel to the apron’s length as if to pare off one cheek of a rabbit. The other (opposite end) went from frontside to backside starting within the rabbit and running to its end of the board.
Urgh!!! There were lots of hours and shavings investing making an apron out of this construction grade material. Didn’t want to progress backwards so the question was how to repair these cracks.
For the first I drew a vertical line about 1.5″ off the side of the rabbit. Then three 5/16″ holes were spaced and bored along the line. Another vertical was drawn another 1.5″ back from the rabbit with two 5/16″ holes staggered between the first set of holes. Suitable dowels are now glued into each hole and should prevent the cheek from loosening.
The other crack is more challenging. I’d love to put narrow splines across it but don’t trust my mortise skills to make 1/8″ or even 1/4″ slots.
Instead, I vee’d out the crack on both sides. One side at a time, I poured low viscosity epoxy into the groove. This appears to have soaked in so I’m hopeful that it’s actually binding things together.
Meanwhile I bored 3/4″ holes at three points along the crack, into which were glued 3/4″ oak dowels. Im guessing that these have enough surface area to make up for their shape compared to a spline. My worry is that the glue is working in tension rather than sheer. Anyhow, if it seems unstable, I can try to install splines.
Yesterday I ordered a pair holdfasts. Grammercy were out of stock so I’m trying American Eagle. They don’t have quite as much reach, but they were on sale for $22.50 USD per pair. Seemed like a bargain, but that will be clearer once the arrive.
Hopefully I’ll fit the main vise tomorrow and glue on the front apron Friday or Saturday.
Cheers26 January 2017 at 11:58 pm #308742
I had holdfast holes in my bench but filled them. My bench is short and two of the holes wound up over the vise rails. Also after using them awhile they didnt hold as good as when new.i dont think it would be good to put them in the cedar either.
My bench is just construction wood also my holes
Had egged a bit over the course of a year I may have been hitting them too hard but they were rough and i think it acted as sandpaper in the hole.29 January 2017 at 7:55 pm #308821
Thanks for the feedback. Time will tell whether I follow your path or not.
Rick G30 January 2017 at 1:19 am #308829
Lots of small things completed this weekend. The aprons have their lag bolts installed. One end of the rear stretcher is pinned, have to remember to pin the other.
The wellboard is fitted. At the tail end I have to fit a cutoff from the benchtop to span between the benchtop and the rear apron. It’s been shaved to half height. The idea is to allow shavings to be swept out while preventing tools from falling off. Just need to glue it up now. BTW, the well board will run about 6 inches past the end of the benchtop at the tail end. That way is can serve as a support for any longer boards that are mounted in the tail end vise.
I’ve drilled out the rest of the dog holes on top. Still need to drill the front apron. Ive been using a thin planning stop that grabs two holes at a time. Now I want to make a thicker one on the same model. The dog holes are a 1 foot intervals, so I drilled their respective positions on top of the front apron, and fitted dowels with the end stained black. This acts as an impromptu ruler.
The top still needs to be screwed to the top plate of the trestles. I’m not sure how critical these are, but Paul did it so I’m following suit. In the meantime, it sits tightly to the trestles. So I got out the #5 and made sure it was flat in all directions.
When I extended the depth of the apron, the vise hole became too low. So I cut through the top edge prior to laminating on the new top of the apron. This leaves a hole below the vice that I’ll probably close in. Meanwhile, I’m already wishing for more knee room and may trim out some space from the middle of the apron.
The bottom line is that by next weekend I should be oiling the bench and moving it into its semi-permanent location.
Then I suppose it will be on to hanging back saws, building some tool storage on the column behind the bench, figuring out how to,store,wood under the bench, building a sharpening board and a bench hooks and the means to store them on/in the head end of the bench.
Suggestions or recommendations on any of these topics are welcome.
Rick G31 January 2017 at 6:57 pm #308865
Working on end grain. Planning purgatory. Must need to sharpen the iron.6 February 2017 at 2:47 am #309013
Decided to try doing something to avoid losing pencils & sharpeners.
I still need to wedge the tail-end trestle and screw both trestle top plates to the bench top, but already this thing is RIDGID.
Also working on softjaws for the vises and retrofitting a dog on the tail vice.
Then there’s going to be a lumber rack underneath.
Finally, I’m working on tool storage. You can see a rack on the column for my more ‘utility’ chisels.6 February 2017 at 4:46 pm #309022
That looks really nice13 February 2017 at 1:31 am #309168
deanbecker & Mike I:
Thanks for your comments.
I think that this will be a forever project. ?
Rick G13 February 2017 at 1:58 am #309169
Spent some time in the shop beginning the long process of organizing (which includes making places to put things). Once that’s done, my wife promises to recycle much of what’s in the basement so I can expand, including a sitting area where I can ponder (in lieu of a cuppa).
In the picture attached you can see the bottom of a small piece mounted on the column. It has a total of four shelfs. With plans made up on the spot – it’s about 85% complete.
The fixed jaw of the main vise now has extended plywood soft jaws. The movable jaw gets the same treatment next weekend. The strop now hangs to the left of the vise (which needs an extended jaw). At the far end of the face hang a couple backsaws and a coping saw. All hangers on the face are dowels.
Recently I made a new and heavier planing stop. The first stop was 1/4″ oak, which allows works well on narrow stock. The new one is half an inch thick, and better able to handle heavy work. I anticipate using the heavy stop most of the time. To store the light stop, there’s now a 3/4″ hole in the head end of the rear apron, up high. The hole, and the bottom of one leg of the stop,have magnets to hold the stop in place.
The new light does a great job with the benchtop but leaves the front apron in the shadow. So,I’m pondering what I’ll do to correct that. Wondering about some LED under counter lights below to make it easier to check out stock stored below the bench.
I’ve also picked up some nice looking one-by to build a cupboard on the wall behind the tail of the bench. This will mostly be for finishing supplies. There should be enough left over to hang a clamp rack below.
The big questions for now are where to locate the remaining saws and planes. I may have to make a free-standing cupboard behind where I stand. But I’d like to come up with a less time consuming solution.
That’s it for now. Hope everyone has a great week.
Rick G18 February 2017 at 3:42 am #309313
Update for this week:
My holdfasts appear to be a bit small in diameter. I’ll probably order the Grammercy version now that they’re back in stock. In the meantime, I’ve tried sleeving two holes with copper pipe. This seems to work, but the pipe can slip down the hole when hitting the holdfast. If I stick with this approach, I’ll probably epoxy them in place.
Slow progress continues on finding places for all my tools. An attached picture shows how the column looks as it’s space fills up. On the top shelf, you can see That I now own a Diamond Edge #80 cabinet scraper. I ran a burnisher over the edge and got the shavings you can see. A more carefull prep and burnish should provide even better results, leaving me psyched to use this tool.
Current plans call for work this weekend on a wall cabinet for oils, wax shellac, sandpaper and other finishing supplies. Then I’m thinking about a saw till to the right of the column. OTOH, maybe I’ll make a lower clamp rack with a saw till on top. The rack would probably be on wheels. There is also an enclosed beam above the column, which runs along the major axis of the bench. This is low enough to have a shelf or hooks for lesser used tools or perhaps my collection of smaller pieces of special woods. There’s so much to sort out – it’s too bad I have to go to work each week. ?
That’s it for now.
Rick G26 February 2017 at 11:10 pm #309558
I started with a prototype for my cabinet. This included trying bottles and cans on the shelves for fit (1st pic). The 2nd pic shows the carcass and the wall where it will hang.
From here it was time to study Paul’s methods for fitting housing dados from the wall clock series. This weekend most do the carcass is complete. The 3rd pic show one of the doors in a rough state.
It still needs:
1) cut a rebate and (latter) mount the plywood back;
2) vertical rails on each side of the cabinet front plus a similar skirt across the top;
3) doors planed, squared and fitted;
4) make a sand paper shelf for the top;
5) wiring and a door operated switch for a light inside;
6) cut an arc on the front of the lower shelf to allow light to shine through to the bottom;
7)!mount a French cleat on the back;
8) oil and wax;
9) mount and start using.
Whew, hope I can complete this by the end of next weekend, I need to work on a clamp rack, my sharpening board, a shooting board, and further enhancements to the bench itself.
Fortunately my wife is relaxed about how soon I actually start working projects for outside of the shop.
23 May 2017 at 8:38 pm #312206
- This reply was modified 6 years ago by Richard Guggemos.
- This reply was modified 6 years ago by Richard Guggemos.
Just catching up.
The bench is working well but I need to remount the main vise, it’s not square to the edge.
A minor industrial accident and a collapsed underground sump line have slowed things down. Everything is healed up, and the basement is dry but so much cleaning/repair/reorganizing to do. Fortunately most everything of value was above the water. 😄
Anyhow hope to have some projects to show soon.
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