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Blog series by SPalm updated 06-16-2008 02:20 PM 3 parts 12042 reads 52 comments total

Part 1: Stock prep and Completed Towers

05-14-2008 04:22 PM by SPalm | 17 comments »

I started working on my workbench and was able to spend some time on it last week while my wife was in Maine. It is a combination of ideas I gained while studying others, and I am sort of making it up as I go along. I used Douglas Fir as it was easy to find, and I was able to purchase some fairly clean pieces at the Home Depot. It was quite wet when I got it, and it has been drying for several weeks now. I milled it to almost final dimension and now it is drying some more, and what I thin...

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Part 2: Glue up

05-27-2008 04:28 AM by SPalm | 15 comments »

I found some more time to work on the bench. I glued up the base stretchers. I used the draw pin mortise technique where the dowel pin holes through the mortises were slightly forward of the holes through the mortises. When I tapped the dowels through, they pulled the stretchers tight against the posts. One of the nicest things about this is no clamps while the glue is drying. I was working alone on the top, so I was unable to do the “glue up three and send a batch through the plan...

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Part 3: Vises Installed

06-16-2008 02:20 PM by SPalm | 20 comments »

I found some time and got the vises installed. First the endcap and the front maple edge were dovetailed, the endcap routed to receive the tongue formed on the end of the Douglas fir, and then both glued into place. This was the first time I really cut dovetails by hand, and it was kind of fun. It is surprising how strong the resulting joint is. The endcap was only glued at the corner, and their will be a lag bolt near the back to allow wood movement. There is a story behind the walnut...

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