The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench #10: Back on track

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 04-01-2010 04:10 AM 3731 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t gotten a lot of work done on my bench the last couple of weeks, because I’ve been futzing with the new tools I bought. I found a cheap little table saw, a nice bench sander, and a craptastic router and semi-decent router table on craigslist. So instead of working on the actual project, I’ve been trying to get the tools in decent working order so I can use them.

Gave up on the router and bought a decent Craftsman with dual bases. I love that thing. Why have I never discovered routers before?

And, now that I’ve got a nice router, and made the jig for it, I finally got going on the tenons on the bench legs.

Not too shabby!
router tenon 003

Can you spot the hand-sawn tenon? :P
router tenon 001

So I did one complete tenon with the router and the jig, and then went back and cleaned up the hand-sawn one with the router. I had also cut and glued up the pieces for the other two legs last weekend. I need to get those planed and square before I can cut the tenons on them, though.

But two legs with nice tenons after tonight’s efforts. And that included a trip to the borg for a sheet of acrylic to use as an oversize base plate on the jig.

Have a 3 day weekend coming up, so I’m hoping to start on the stretchers. It’s coming together, slowly!

And here’s a couple more pictures. You guys like pictures, right?
One shoulder ended up a little deeper than the other, but that’s ok. I can custom fit the mortises.
router tenon 005

Another comparison between the routed and hand-sawn:
router tenon 002

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 05:40 AM

aren’t routers great. Mine is one of the most important tools I own. you are doing great keep it up

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 06:02 AM

You can’t just get one… I have 4 and I’m a 90 lb weakly next to some guys. You can see why they are so neat in just making tenons but there is hundreds of things they can do.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 03:53 PM

great now I gotta go do something! geez! hahahaha!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 04:26 PM

Check out A1Jim router selection, that guy has liike 42 routers!

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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