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Benchcrafted Roubo Workbench #8: A little of this and some of that

01-17-2022 02:03 PM by EarlS | 5 comments »

After flattening the top in the last installment, cutting out the cavity for the tail vise is the the first order of business. Before starting, I re-read the tail vise instructions and also read thru the bench build notes to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. One criticism of the Benchcrafted plans is that they are more verbose than I am. There are a lot of words but not necessarily a lot of helpful instruction. After re-reading the directions several times and looking at the p...

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Benchcrafted Roubo Workbench #6: This project is going to the dogs

07-17-2021 02:35 PM by EarlS | 18 comments »

Working with plans that someone else made can be challenging and even a bit confusing. The Benchcrafted plans have a fair number of idiosyncrasies that require a bit more thought and consideration beyond just “measure twice, cut once” to get things right. At the front of the top is a bench dog strip that provides a series of holes that hold the bench dogs that are used in conjunction with the tail vise to hold a board on the bench top while working on it. The bench dog ...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #15: Bench Back Rest Slats

03-07-2021 09:16 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Nailing the Slats I nailed the slats to the braces with 2” 15-gauge stainless steel finish nails. I experimented on some scrap and gave up on my plan of using two nails per joint. There was too much risk of blowing out/splitting the braces. We used 15/16” spacer blocks to attain even slat spacing. I opted to run the back wall back rest all the way across and then run the side wall back rest just short of it by about 1/2”. I wasn’t sure how it would ...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #14: Back Rests

03-06-2021 05:30 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Braces The back rests for the shower/changing room are similar to those in the sauna. These are made of ash. I used the same template to make the braces. The final thickness of the brace is 1 1/4”. That’s enough to keep each brace from racking on the wall. Stud spacing didn’t work to my favor, so I used screw-in drywall anchors to hold the braces to the wall. The braces are ready to receive the slats. I pre-finished all the pieces and plan to shoo...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #13: Attaching Bench Slats

02-17-2021 07:28 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Screws and Glue The top slats are attached with screws and glued to the rails, braces, and screw cleats. The screw cleats provide a good glue surface and make attaching the slats easy. The outside cleats get one screw through each cleat along the inside edge and are glued to everything they touch. This is a strong glue joint since it’s long grain to long grain. Good Results I’m happy with the way the benches turned out. I still need to pin the tenons...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #12: Screw Cleats and an Extra Set of Legs

02-13-2021 04:40 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Screw Cleats I considered two approaches for fastening the top slats to the benches. 1) Screw from the top and cover screw heads with wood plugs. 2) Make wood cleats and screw from underneath. I chose the second option since I didn’t want to deal with end-grain wood plugs on benches that would see a lot of water exposure in the shower room. The cleats attach to the braces using a tongue and groove joint. Close-up of a screw cleat. Gluing the screw cleats to en...

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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #11: Assembling Bench Frames

02-12-2021 08:22 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Glue Legs I applied a liberal amount of polyurethane construction adhesive to the mortise and the tenon. I used a total of six clamps to hold the frame as the glue cured. Peg Tenons After removing the clamps, I used 5/16” dowels to peg the tenons. These provide a mechanical safety in case the glue joint fails. A flush cut saw cleans up the extra dowel nicely. Build Braces These benches must hold the weight of two adults. Pocket screws weren’t a goo...

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New bench for people passing my shop - we can all need a little care.

12-31-2020 03:28 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

New bench for people passing my shopwe can all need a little care. For many years now, I have had a bench in front of my workshop, this for people to be able to take a rest, hold hands with their love, talk with friends, or simply to sit down and think about life, pull the plug in the middle of the busy city of Copenhagen. On sunny days, I use it my self, to enjoy a meal or a cold beer, alone or in the company of a friend or a loved one. The bench is actually the lower part of my shavin...

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Handy tools #10: Bowl horse

11-15-2019 06:18 PM by Dave Polaschek | 23 comments »

I moved earlier this year, and it’s going to be next year before I have a shop, so I decided to build a shave-horse / bowl horse as a way to keep busy and be able to do some woodworking. The first step was building the horse itself. A couple 4×4s, a 2×8, and a couple 2×4s. I bought the fake redwood pressure-treated stuff at Homer Depot because it was the straightest of the various tubas they had. Course it was basically saturated with water, so it’s interesting watching it m...

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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #106: Flip-Top Tool Cart - Down-n-Dirty

08-07-2019 11:14 PM by retired_guru | 0 comments »

Another episode in the ongoing effort to organize the dungeon workshop, which is driven by the need to have every tool, screw, nut, and bolt, in its appropriate place for when I have to pack it all up next year for the big move. In this episode: the completion of a down-n-dirty flip-top tool cart. My DeWalt thickness planer has always been too heavy for me to lift onto and off a bench top, so I made a couple of years ago a mobile cart for it. Unfortunately, the cart’s narrow trac and...

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