I’m just another noob from Portugal, starting this week on my bench. I built a couple of trestles, to get a jump start on woodworking and to help me make the bench.
I’m using chestnut wood, I got it from an uncle of mine who is a carpenter. It cost me 235€ (with a discount, since we’re family and all). Paul said my bench would last 50 years, so I guess if I’m gonna be looking at it for so long, might as well be some fine looking bench. 😛 I also had to buy all the necessary tools, since I only had a drill and some bits that I use to occasionally assemble something.
Since everything came cut to the dimensions Paul provide – already planed – I started right away on the mortices. And.. is it a lot of work. It takes forever to go through the wood. And right about my second mortice, came my first big fail. As I was starting on my top mortice, I aplied to much force on my chisel and I cracked a bit of wood, all the way to the top. Sad. You can see it on the pictures attached. To try to minimize the damage I clamped it with a piece of plywood and I’ll work on it gently now, until the mortice is finished. Then i’ll glue it and hope for the best.
Anyway, there’s not much more to say. I’ll keep on morticing, and I’ll update again when relevant.
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