Workbench #3: Milling Mostly Done

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 09-24-2011 02:50 AM 6887 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. This is another update on my bench build. I have had almost two months off working on it because my friend has been in my shop working on his bench. But just over a week ago we took his almost done bench to his house for him to do the final fitting of parts and such. After doing a little organizing and sharpening I got back to work on my bench. So right now I have the legs and parts for the top all milled to thickness and width.

This is the slab for the roubo half of my bench. Its 2 11/16” thick and 10 1/4” wide and 62” long. The total length of my bench will be about 70”, plus the extension of the tail vise.

This is a pile of the leg parts and top parts.

I still need to go get some more lumber for the stretchers, leg vise, and other small parts for the tail vise.

This piece of 8/4 walnut will make a nice sliding deadman.

I did most of the jointing of the parts with hand planes until I got a cheap 6” jointer (although the blades were dull so I didn’t end up using it much). I used a neat little trick I found by Matthias Wandle, as seen here , to elimenate planer snipe, which is almost impossible any other way.

When the planer is lowered to the final thickness you want, the edges of the planer will rest on the wooden blocks which were planed to a predetermined thickness. To get the thickness, lower your planer to the final thickness you want the wood your planing to be, and then measure the distance from the planer table to the edge of the moveable planer. See Matthias’ video for a better description of how it works.

Next week I will probably get the lumber I still need and start working on the bench top.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 03:21 AM

Looks like good progress. thats one mighty slab there!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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