Split Top Work Bench

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Blog series by SvenPHX updated 03-03-2015 06:38 AM 5 parts 7935 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: Intro and top construction

03-01-2015 03:24 AM by SvenPHX | 0 comments »

I have a 3’ x 8’ steel work table and I have another work table (Allan Little style), but neither lend themselves to mounting a traditional vise for hand tool work so I decided to build another work surface. This time a simple and practical split top work bench. I want the bench to be practical with no frivolous joinery and to be able to disassemble it into component parts. I started, of course, by buying a Wilton wood vise: I decided, pretty arbitrarily, on about 5...

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Part 2: First part of the leg assembly construction (simple and foolproof mortise jig)

03-01-2015 03:49 AM by SvenPHX | 1 comment »

I started with 8/4 Poplar and cut it into strips about 4” wide x 3’ long and jointed and planed them flat and square, after spending two days fighting the setup on my jointer. I face glued pieces into pairs and then jointed and planed them flat and square, this time without the Sven vs jointer deathmatch. For the ahhh factor, I set the best four on the underside of the top to get a sense for how they’d look: The leg material ended up being 3 5/16” square. O...

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Part 3: Some more on mortising the legs

03-01-2015 08:38 PM by SvenPHX | 0 comments »

I’m taking a tea break, I’m English and that’s how we roll, so I thought I’d put some more detail into the previous post about cutting the mortises in my (bench) legs just in case someone else wants to try this. I won’t go into the enclosed mortise; the routing process is identical, but one only needs to square off the corners. Remember from my previous post, I’m using a 1/2” router bit and a 3/4” collar so I have a 1/8” space between...

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Part 4: Leg mortises finished

03-02-2015 12:31 AM by SvenPHX | 0 comments »

Not much to say about this. When I routed out the enclosed mortises I still had material to remove like with the open mortises. I used a 5/8” forstner bit to drill through and a 1/2” pattern bearing bit to whack out the rest of the material. It was pretty simple. Then I just squared off the corners as usual. Next job is to make a tenon jig for my table saw and I can move on to making up the stringers and finishing the leg assemblies. After routing out both sides of the t...

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Part 5: Built table saw tenon jig

03-03-2015 06:38 AM by SvenPHX | 0 comments »

Mostly pics, it’s pretty self explanatory: My pieces are long so it has to be tall: And it’s dead nuts 90 degrees to my table saw top: I am thinking of adding a foot on the opposite side (to the blade) of the jig that will slide on my table top (with a little wax) and give the jig a little more vertical stability. I already have an idea to modify it for angled tenons. I’ll give that a try sometime …

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