Workbench #3: Top and Chop

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Blog entry by JimYoung posted 04-04-2020 01:11 PM 943 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Dovetail and tail vise Part 3 of Workbench series Part 4: Finishing touches »

With the Michigan shelter in place order, I’m making good progress on the work bench. The mortises for the legs are cut. I had to borrow a T50 Torx bit to install the knock down hardware to hop the top in place. These bolts are top quality and no issues with them. Hardest part about this step was crawling around on the floor.

Next up was final shaping the Chop/Leg Vise. I didn’t have a thick enough piece of maple, so I laminated a piece of cherry to the front and cut the edges at a 45. This gives a nice contrasting edge to the chop. I actually used the tail vise to hold it while I planed off the saw marks.

Punch list to finish it up: Drill a few more holes in the top (looking for an auger bit), route slot underneath top for the deadman, guide for the deadman, make the deadman, shelf (may just use scrap MDF for now since lumber yard is closed), and give it a coat of BLO. I have the wood for the center gap stop, but that may wait while I get going on another project.

Stay safe and I hope we are back at work soon.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#1 posted 04-07-2020 12:49 AM

Thanks for posting this. I’m in the process of planning a new bench and your postings really helped. Hope my bench looks at least half as good as yours,

Loved your condor tails in #2 of this series.

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#2 posted 04-09-2020 01:20 AM

Nice idea with the cherry glue up. It sets off the piece.

-- AJ

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