Workbench #17: Completion

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 11-22-2011 05:17 AM 13688 reads 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello, this is probably my last workbench blog entry, now that my bench is complete! Like I said in my last blog, the workbench has been complete a couple weeks before this post on November 12. With my last post I had wrote about completing the base. After I had the base assembled, glued up, and drawbored I placed the bench top onto the base. Previous to putting the top on the base I had put one coat of boiled linseed oil on the underside of the top. The top is removable from the base, I decided not to drawbore or glue the tenons that insert into the bench top because I feel there is no need to, and it will make moving the bench in the future much more easy. After I had the top in place I did a final flattening of the top surface and a light scrapping.

Then I began work on the sliding deadman. I had a piece of walnut I had kept for this part and milled it to size. The deadman is around 2 3/8” thick. I then cut the angled groove in the bottom of the deadman with a router and 90 degree cutter. This took a lot of fine cuts to ease up to the final fit. I also cut the top portion out which goes into the groove in the bench top. Next I drilled the holes out which are spaced up and down every 1”. Then I cut and shaped it. I am sorry but I forgot to get some pictures of the work in progress.

After the sliding deadman was complete I worked on the leg vise. This turned out more complicating than it should because I could not find a 2 1/2” drill bit. I attempted a try at a brace with an adjustable bit, but just as I thought, drilling a 2 1/2” diameter hole in hard maple by hand is impossible. I finally obtained a circle cutter to cut a template which I used to route out the hole in the legvise chop that I needed. Before routing the hole I used the largest drill bit I had to remove most of the waste. I then used my horizontal mortiser attatchment on my table saw to cut out the place for the internal garter. I also made a screw that fit nicely into the nut in the leg. Before shaping the leg vise chop I made the guide that goes on the bottom of the vise which has the holes drilled in it. After the vise was complete I made a handle for each of the 3 vises on my bench and applied the boiled linseed oil.

I was in a hurry the final week of the build so I forgot to get pictures of the legvise and deadman in progress. But here are two pictures of the completed workbench.

Here are two videos I made going over the bench now that it is finished. The first is more technical, where I go over the reasons behind the design and construction, while the second I show how each vise works and performs.

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

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 05:36 AM

That is a very nice bench. I also like the video. You can tell you took your time with the project and it show in the finished product.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 06:04 AM

Nicely done. Great bench, and it’s obvious that a lot of care and passion went into it.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 06:31 AM

Beautiful work. I guess I’m going to have to go back and read all the bench entries. You are going to continue blogging, right? On other projects?

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 08:56 AM

Great videos and run down of your bench design. I enjoyed listening to your explanation of the various design choices and details.

By ‘last blog entry’, I assume you mean last entry concerning the bench. You should definitely continue blogging your woodworking adventures.

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 03:31 PM

I think there’s a good audience for your blog here. You should keep doing it.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 03:38 PM

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 04:02 PM

As close to my dream bench as I’ve seen.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 05:30 PM

When I said possible my last blog entry, it meant concerning the bench. I will post more on my other projects, and in fact I am going to finish my chessboard project I started a year ago but postponed. So if anyone wants to check out the chessboard blog entries they can, as I will be finishing the project soon.

Thank you for the compliments, I hope it helped others get a better understanding behind my bench and possibly how they can construct theirs. Again I will say I am going to make a tutorial on how to make the tap and screw jig, but I am sorry they have not come out yet, I have been busy.

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

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 07:12 PM

Well done! Like Bertha said, that’s basically my dream bench. I also love your planes. :-) May the serve you many many years to come!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 08:02 PM

Great bench and lovely shavings that you are making with those planes. Keep up the great work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 08:59 PM

Yes, the tap & screw jig. It would really make it simple for all the screws and nut out there ;-)
I am impressed.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 10:44 PM

Wonderful bench/series.
I am also looking forward to the screw and nut blog.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 11:13 PM

Now that’s a bench. I look forward to seing it use in future videos. Nice work.

-- Doug

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#14 posted 11-22-2011 11:32 PM

One of the best blogs I have ever read on LJs. Thank you for your detailed explanations, I’m sure you will get many many years of use out of that bench. Enjoy every minute.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 12:22 AM

I am glad you enjoyed the blog Brit.

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

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