Another New Fangled Workbench

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Blog series by MichaelW updated 10-05-2008 07:56 AM 8 parts 29500 reads 50 comments total

Part 1: Installment two: Getting to know the planing beam

04-08-2008 09:48 PM by MichaelW | 9 comments »

This is actually Part II of the series, Part I is in part II of the series and Part II is here, hopefully Part III and thereafter will appear in the correct sequence. One evening after work last week I was finally able to carve out a little time for the NFWB project. I am waiting for a drill press on back order so in the meantime I thought I would start squaring up some of the stock I had previously cut for pieces of the bench. In this photo on the left side of the saw horses is what...

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Part 2: Installment one, Thanks to the trailblazers and some basic layout and preliminary thoughts

04-01-2008 07:58 AM by MichaelW | 7 comments »

This is actually the original first post in the series. I am obviously learning how the blog tools work. So for part I start here and then go back to read part II… Part III and thereafter will hopefully appear in the correct sequence. I have benefited greatly from reading posts on this and other sites so this is my first attempt to return some knowledge to the community. First I would like to thank Jeff for his detailed and informative posts as they aided me greatly in addition to...

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Part 3: Lessons from the planing beam

04-20-2008 06:57 PM by MichaelW | 2 comments »

I think the blog series will be in order from here forward. I haven’t had a lot of time to allocate to the workbench project lately, but was able to get the additional plane blades and sharpen and hone them. Much more pleasant to have a couple extras at hand and take nice shavings. It is such a great feeling to have a plane well tuned and work a piece of wood. visible above is a shot of the planing beam as I finished up one side. I have a combination square resting on it and got ...

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Part 4: "...doing all that planing."

05-06-2008 03:41 AM by MichaelW | 8 comments »

I am dedicating this installment to GaryK’s comment from a previous entry. Gary this picture is for you: In addition to these three bags of shavings, there were a several more that either were added to the compost or made spectacular fireplace starter on some recent colder rainy nights. The three planes pictured below were my workhorses, the scrub in the top most position, no. 5 in the middle, and smooth at the bottom. In the course of all this planing, I am finding the ergo...

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Part 5: The best thing I'll ever build...

05-28-2008 04:43 PM by MichaelW | 13 comments »

My son Forest Fox born May 19th 1:30 PM on my father’s 75th birthday. Love him to pieces. Thus the intermittent postings on the project.

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Part 6: The workbench grows legs.

05-28-2008 05:11 PM by MichaelW | 5 comments »

We had some anxious moments the three weeks prior to Forest’s birth as he was positioned precariously for delivery so in the background (of life, not the picture) we had to be ready to move or call the ambulance. Fortunately we are pretty close to the hospital, but I was able to channel some of my anxiety into hand cutting the mortise and tenons for the leg joinery. Not my original plan as I was going to use the drill press and forstner bits to remove the bulk of the mortise, but ...

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Part 7: Lessons and adaptations along the way

08-14-2008 06:34 PM by MichaelW | 3 comments »

Got a chance to push the workbench a little farther along last weekend so a quick update on my progress. When I last left off, I had dry fit the mortise and tennon joints for the legs together having primarily hand cut them with chisels. I was awaiting the arrival of my steel city drill press which finally showed up mid June or so and that lay in my garage for another couple of weeks in its box. Had a party with some guitar buidling friends and they got it up out of the box and together re...

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Part 8: End in Sight

10-05-2008 07:56 AM by MichaelW | 3 comments »

I have actually had the bench in this stage since early September when my father in law was in town to give me a hand in mounting the top, beam and all, to the sled. It went on just right the first time which was rewarding, until I looked closer at the planing beam pipes and realized I was going to have to make some adjustments on the alignment holes in the top. After several go ‘rounds, we finally got that into a workable solution. Then I raised the planing beam only to discover it ...

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