Small workbench based on shipbuilt's Short Block V8 (Workbench Challange) #3: Leg stretchers, assembly bolts and bottom shelf.

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Blog entry by brianb6603 posted 03-21-2015 05:15 PM 2293 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This part was very straight forward, The stretchers were assembled from 3 strips of 3/4” BB glued together with Biscuits to help keep everything aligned. The center strip is 1/2” longer to make a tendon.

Next I made a router template to make the mortises in the legs. At that point it was just a matter of laying them out and cutting them.

While I had the legs out I needed to make clearance slots for the 2 dog holes on each side of the left side leg.

Test fitting.

This bench needs to be able to be disassembled (it is bigger than my entry door). As before I was looking at the Benchcrafted parts but did not want to pay the price asked. I looked at the bench bolts at my local Woodcraft store and bought a set. However, because the front left leg is 1 1/2” wider than the other 3 legs I needed a longer bolt and this set uses non-standard threads. So… I took them back and with the help of my uncle (who has a 1/2” – 13 tap and some brass stock) we made 1” x 2” x 1/2” offset bolts.

After some careful drilling on the drill press to make sure the hole was straight and some adjustment we were able to assemble. I used my 30mm Blum hinge bit to make the bolt head recess.

When I assembled the stretchers I made the inside layer 3/4” shorter that the others to make a shelf support. I cut the shelf out in 3 sections because that was what I had left of the BB plywood.

I drilled and lag bolted the top to the legs so now the bones of the bench are completed.

And I have completed the dogs.

Next I need to build the Chop and other leg vise parts. I will be going out to Ralph’s house to get the rest of that Madrone log. That will be next time.

Thanks for looking,

-- Brian Brown, Eugene, OR

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 07:56 PM

Looking very nice Brian. Madrone will make a really nice chop. That’s what I have on my big bench at home although we call it Arbutus in B.C.
It’s really nice to see this concept up-scaled from its super basic roots. It still looks a lot like the original but with better materials, tools, and with your experience, this one really sings.
Let me know if you would like a marquetry V8 logo for the leg vice.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-21-2015 10:42 PM

Really nice job. The up-scale material really makes this design shine.
What a nice bench this will be.


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#3 posted 03-21-2015 11:15 PM

Great job on this bench Brian. I live in Salem and I have a source for Baltic Birch that is much cheaper than what you described. I can give you details if you wanted to drive up here to get the wood. Let me know.

I’m in the middle of building the Benchcrafted bench right now and I started a blog on it here

I like your method of making the dog hole strip. I used the router but it did take any fancy router bit, I just a straight cut bit that I had around.

I like the look too, the edge grain stripes on the top are pretty unique looking. Should be a great bench.


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#4 posted 03-22-2015 06:15 AM

Looking great, as soon as I find some space this style of bench will be a must.

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