Workbench Project

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Blog series by Jon3 updated 10-25-2007 11:10 PM 5 parts 14303 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: The workbench project begins!

10-22-2007 08:27 PM by Jon3 | 4 comments »

NOTE All of my photos have been migrated to a new provider, and the links in my posts are likely out of date. You can find the photos here. I actually began this project around 6-9 months ago, when I got into woodworking, and I did some of the original work then. It is surprising how far I’ve come in what I know to do, and not do, since then. I had a leftover benchtop that I picked up basically free from family friends. It was not pretty! It had a fairly thick finish on ...

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Part 2: Making a base. Alternatively, learning to hate home depot.

10-22-2007 08:38 PM by Jon3 | 2 comments »

So, way back (9 months) in my woodworking infancy, I knew little of the wonderous joys of rough lumber, jointers, and planers, so I bought the lumber for my workbench base from home depot. 1×6 maple. I dug through the pile at the borg to try and find the straightest and cleanest pieces of the lot. I thought I had done well, but I was to be stunned later. I got it home and laid it out. Since there’s certainly no maple 2x lumber at the borg, and I didn’t think a 1x base ...

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Part 3: Tage Frid time!

10-22-2007 08:52 PM by Jon3 | 7 comments »

I don’t have access to a 24” planer or drum sander, so I figured I was on my own. Much googling later, I found the Tage Frid method for levelling a benchtop in situ with a router. Linky I grabbed me some cheap, but cleanly joined poplar, built out my custom rails and router sled, bought a big honking flat router bit, and set up to flatten! I took a very thin pass across the top, just barely touching the top of the cup in the bench. This operations throws up a HUGE a...

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Part 4: Jointed top complete!

10-25-2007 09:40 PM by Jon3 | 1 comment »

I took another (room full of dust) pass with the jointing sled setup. You can see the low parts at the edges. I think by now I’ve taken more than 1/16 off the top. You can see how it bows down in the corners. And where poor control of the router and sled combo when stopping the router caused it to bounce and i got a small divot. Thankfully, it is very shallow and the next pass should clean it up. One more pass and she should be plane!

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Part 5: Short but sweet entry

10-25-2007 11:10 PM by Jon3 | 7 comments »

Finally got the final pass done on the bench. You can see the zig-zag lines all over from the router’s bit. I got a nice flat bottom bit, but you’re going to be going against the grain at SOME point, so you’ll still get a little bit of fuzz to deal with. I got out the 120 grit discs and the sander, and went to work. Switched over to 180 and then 220, and got it nice and shiny. That was enough work for one day!

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