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    Hugo Notti

    Finally, I am joining the workbench-guild. Today, I bought all the wood. No hardware yet, because I have to re-design the bench according to what I found in the shops.

    By the way, I called this a blog, because I will write in blog form, but please feel free to comment, ask, criticise. Let’s say, this will be an interactive blog.

    I am starting with (imperial sizes in brackets):

    10 pieces of 2000 x 80 x 60 mm (78-3/4″ x 3-1/8″ x 2-3/8″) for the top, spruce, rough sawn
    2 pieces of 4000 x 280 x 40 mm (157-1/2″ x 11-1/32″ x 1-1/2″) for the aprons, the well-board and four rails (if I can rip it to half width), spruce, rough sawn
    8 pieces of 1000 x 120 x 60 mm (39-3/8″ x 4-3/4″ x 2-3/8″) for the legs, pine, planed. with bevelled edges, so I have to plane down the glueing-faces

    All remaining parts – two rails, if ripping the wide board is possible, otherwise six, and the wedges and the levers to secure the wedges – will be made from pallet wood, spruce, fir or pine.

    So far, I have cut the boards for the aprons and well-board in two, so they will fit into my workshop. Thumbs up for hand-tools, sawing took less than two minutes, it took much longer to improvise a good support for sawing.

    I will also cut all other stock to rough length, once I have determined the final dimensions. The legs will definitely be cut a few centimetres too long, because I need to experiment with the bench height.

    Tonight, I will make a new sketch according to the wood I got. The design is an exact copy of the bench that Paul Sellers built in his video. I will even reserve a space for a tail vise, even though I don’t have one, and I am not sure, if I really need one. Tomorrow, I could buy the hardware, i.e. screws etc.

    And that is all I can do until next weekend or even later. The last week was quite dry, but last night, we got a lot of snow, at temperatures above freezing point. I am not sure, how fast wood takes the moisture, but I will let it rest for a while in my workshop.

    In the meantime, I will build two strong sawing-horses, which will be useful when I start laminating the bench top etc. I have a bench, but it is a bit small for this purpose. They will be made from construction wood too, but I will risk bending here. In the worst case, I will have to re-level the legs. And I think, strength is more important here, than squareness.

    Oh, I almost forgot: I also bought a stand for large waste-bags, so I can keep the shavings under control.


    • This topic was modified 3 years, 12 months ago by Hugo Notti.
    David B

    My main wish is that I had made mine bigger (deeper). 5′ long was all I could fit but I easily could have added a few more boards to get some more heft out of it (there is plenty of workable space though). I also wish I had used another board on my aprons to give the frame a bit more rigidity.

    That said, I love my bench. I made it and it works just great! I have considered even building a second one…Good luck with yours. Looking forward to following your progress!

    Richard Guggemos

    Good luck, it will be fun to watch your adventure.