Building a new workbench #7: First time base assembly

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Blog entry by Loogie posted 02-16-2009 04:51 AM 6322 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, All the parts have been trimmed and fit so it’s time to put the base together for the the first time. It will have to come apart multiple times after this for some finishing touches.


I can attest that I am unable to rack this base AT ALL – even though the top rails aren’t secure with their lag bolts yet. That sure will be nice. My old bench would shake and jiggle when I was planing on it. Next I will be drilling the holes in the two rails on this side of the bench and milling the slots for the sliding deadman. However, I’m away on a trip so that won’t happen until the end of next week. I can only dream about it until then.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 05:36 AM

Looks good.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 06:38 AM

It is looking great so far. Just incredible!

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 01:10 PM

I have to agree that this is looking great. This is going to be a solid bench that will be a nice addition to your shop. I guess we all will have to wait along with you until you are able to get back into the shop. It is a shame that these “interferences” interrupt our shop time. :)

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 03:36 PM

looks too nice to be a workbench ha-ha!

-- Pie

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 08:09 PM

This is coming out way to SWEET! Thanks for such a in deep review of your work bench. How dose the Ash wood take to hand planing?...Blkcerry

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 02:24 AM

It planes great! The only tearout I was getting was just a little on the dark boards because they are a bit curly – which why I liked them. Their grain looks kind of like a rope going down the board. Other than that the Ash has been just fine to hand plane and comes out nice and smooth

-- Mark

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 04:58 AM

Thanks for the fast reply, your bench is a beaut….I like the idea of a knock down version…it’s to cold in the garage in the winter and I think of building a 6’ model for my basement shop where I store all my hand plane. The price of hickory and ash is very reasonable in my area. Thanks again for all your work and allowing all here at the site to view….Blkcherry

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#8 posted 02-21-2009 05:35 AM

Thanks Mark,

I’v been eagerly following this one.

BTW, I think I’m missing how you are joining the top and bottom stretchers for the ends?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 02:29 PM

nicely doneā€¦…....

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