Hand tool workbench #4: Legs

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Blog entry by Vance100 posted 08-08-2013 02:09 AM 1517 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The legs were a new challenge, especially with hand tools. This process took me 3 days, working a couple hours a day. It was really tough to resist using my miter saw, but I did and learned a lot in the process.

Picked up the 2×4’s for the legs.

Used the same method to cut these to 36” length. The finished length will be 34”.

I planed the mill marks off.

Opps! I somehow cut one leg shorter than rest. Good thing I gave myself some room.

I did the glue zig-zag and clamped all the legs together.

I squared the legs up.

I made a knife wall all the way around with a knife and chisel. This helps guide the saw. Next I planed down to the lines with the Millers Falls no. 9.

This was the most difficult part. It was a good lesson. It took me about half the time to do the last end as it did the first.

Legs are done!


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#1 posted 08-08-2013 02:47 AM

Good job Vance

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#2 posted 08-08-2013 01:20 PM

Great work here.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 09:46 PM

Vance making great progress. Paying close attention to squareness will pay off when it all comes together in the end.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 07:04 PM

I found this by seaching “Paul Sellers Workbench” within lumberjocks. Did you ever finish this? Your blog series ended here and I didn’t see it in your projects. After watching his videos I’m very interested in building one. I just wanted to research what ohters had done too. I’m sure I can build it just from his videos. Thanks

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 09:11 PM

Yes. I finished it.
It has worked fantastically! I do have it on rubber mats so it doesn’t slide on the concrete.

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 02:45 AM

Thanks for the follow-up – that looks great! Yours is the second one on LJ that I saw that had the well toward the back of the bench. The Sellers video build I watched showed him putting it dead-center. Is this a personal choice you made or did you follow another set of plans I am not aware of. If you had to do it over again, would you change anything? Thanks for taking the time to respond!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 03:43 AM

I don’t have any problems with the bench. I’ve made a bed on it and I can’t think of too many things bigger than that. The plan is from Paul’s book. It is a smaller version of the one in his video. I did add an extra 2×4 to the top lamination to make it a little wider. I would recommend reading his book, it really helped me build the bench. It was tough getting everything flat. I never used a plane before starting on the bench. I would suggest getting the glue up as flat as possible while gluing the lamination. I actually had to make a third apron because my first one I could not get flat without planing it down too much. The top still isn’t completely flat. I also don’t have dog holes. I clamp boards to the bench for planing stops or use Paul’s “vice clamp method”. Search his blog for more information. I would not change anything about the bench. The height is perfect and I am 6’. If you have any more questions let me know. I also had another friend from work that built the bench. Good luck.

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#8 posted 01-30-2014 04:11 AM

Thanks very much Vance. I think that is a good suggestion, I will get his book.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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