The New Yankee Workshop - Chapter 2 The Workbench

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Blog series by camps764 updated 01-22-2013 02:55 AM 3 parts 16846 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Beginning - Preparing the Materials and Making the first cuts

01-19-2013 04:48 AM by camps764 | 4 comments »

For those of you that haven’t been following – I recently decided that I would work through an entire woodworking book full of projects – The New Yankee Workshop by Norm Abram – to build my current skills, learn a few new techniques, and correct some of my bad habits I’ve picked up by being self-taught. The first project in the book was a medicine cabinet. You can read about it here The second project in the book is one I’ve been pretty excited about...

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Part 2: The bench dog assembly

01-19-2013 01:31 PM by camps764 | 6 comments »

In the last blog I covered the initial cutting and assembly of the New Yankee Workshop workbench frame. This blog is all about the bench dog assembly. If the bench is the project I am the most excited about building, the bench dog assembly is the part of the bench I was the most excited to start building. I’ve recently started using my hand planes more often (love it!) but fight with how to adequately hold material flat so that I can plane the surface flat. Usually I have to clamp...

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Part 3: Adding the vise, the dogs and backer blocks - finishing up the bench

01-22-2013 02:55 AM by camps764 | 4 comments »

Rather than ordering a bench screw from Woodcraft, I ended up buying a 10” “woodworkers” vise from Harbor Freight. After checking it out, it looked like I could modify the bench design to accommodate the larger sized vise. It also had the possibility to give me some more clamping options on the bench. The first step was modifying the bench frame to accommodate the larger width vise. I decided to use a lap joint and add an extension onto the existing frame as oppo...

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