37 comments on “Workbench: Episode 4

  1. Very timely release of the fourth episode, as I’m just finishing the mortises. Are there any major advantages of using a haunched tenon on that top rail as opposed to the shoulder cut shown here?

    Production, lighting and camera work great again too.

  2. I’m looking foward to start building mine during the hollidays. I am going to incorporate a removable tool holder to have that roubo style clamping option of the split top. And I’ll probably be adding a leg vise wit a wooden screw and an end vise.
    It’s only about the fifth design so it might still change 😁.
    Thanks for another great video.

  3. Hi Paul,
    I have been following your new bench series and have also been getting to grips with your new method of making m & t joints using the router plane. I am wondering if the router plane method could be applied to the bench construction, or do you think that the tenons are too big for this? I have also wondered about using a scrap piece of stretcher material to support the free end of the router during tenon reducing operations so as to avoid the router plane end swinging free. (Your employment of the bench plane on the tenon ends slightly frightens me!) I am enjoying these videos so much!

    • supporting the router past your workpiece needs the support to be exactly in the same plane as the workpiece face. I frequently find that hard to realize. Pauls method with the bench plane, guided by the router groove and the knife/gauge marks on all sides is so reliable and so achievable, I never reached for the elongaters anymore.

  4. Paul,
    Thank you. As always, a very well done presentation. I’m looking forward to building a new workbench myself in the near future. I do have a question tho. When it came time to surface plane the rail, you picked up one plane then switched it with another. And when you were adjusting it it looked like it was your scrub plane based on the appearance of the blade in the throat. Is that correct? And did you have a particular reason for choosing that one?

  5. Hi Paul, enjoying your new series you make it look so easy, practice makes it so I’d guess.
    Just one question, “what happened to the split that was appearing at the end of the mortise as you neared
    Please keep the good ideas flowing and a merry Christmas to you and the team.

  6. Many thanks for that great video and in particular for the valuable hints to fit the tenon in the mortise – with the router plane.
    That helps a lot in my next steps prior to build the workbench: work on small saw horses (perhaps they’re better called “saw ponies” 😉 ).

  7. Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year!

    As always, your videos are a wonder to watch. You impart information in so many different ways without seemingly thinking about the teaching aspect. It’s as if teaching is part of your nature in all you do. Marvelous to see!

    At about the 9 min 30 second mark in this video you mention that your layout will be true if your square is true and registered on the correct sides. Of course this is true, but it would be helpful if you expanded on this a bit and showed how to test that a square is truly square, and what to do if it is not (provided, of course that the error is correctable). This would make a good subject for a short video lesson.

    All the best,
    Bob from central Texas

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