handtool workbench #13: I put it together, then tore it back apart...

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 12-28-2016 09:12 PM 2012 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well i should have updated this blog in a more timely fashion. I have lost many pictures over time.

Anyway, after last entry i got the benchtop glued and bolted to the leg assemblies. It worked fine over a couple months, as is, no further upgrades. Though i was lacking a good front vice.

Come sometime in the spring, i think, i lose track of time easily with my work schedule. I walked in the shop, after returning home. Found my front apron has twisted and pulled free of the bolts holding it to the front of the leg assembly. Apparently my boards were not as dry as i had figured.

The bench had lost its solidness, racking to and fro lengthwise. The aprons had to be cut off. I had decided before this, that i didn’t like having the tool tray, and was planning to fill it in. So it was time to do a rebuild.

How i went about this will be in the next installment.

One day I will have a fully functional bench, i swear!

A few pictures of one of the reasons it is taking me so long.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 01:04 AM

Congrats on the wedding, Tug! Best wishes for many happy years together!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 05:18 PM

Congrats on the wedding.
Have a look at the Paul Sellers workbench.
He has a wedge system which ensure no racking.
video starting at about 10’

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 06:00 PM

Thanks fellas, she seems to be keeper!

Sylvain, this bench was based on his design, and i had that setup. But since the bolts, that were installed per his design, blew out,and the aprons twisted, there was nothing left to keep it together.

Optes for no wedges this go and put straight dados/housings in them this go.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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