Moravian workbench build #8: Removing pencil marks, dry fit and glue up!

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Blog entry by controlfreak posted 01-10-2021 07:14 PM 567 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: The long stretchers Part 8 of Moravian workbench build series Part 9: The Top Has Landed Feet Down »

Well I finally feel like I am getting somewhere. With the top done and wagon vise installed, I am really liking it to plane long boards. I corrected the bad dove tail stretcher the best I could and used the band saw to trim because it was going to be a mush easier way to fine tune it. I also caved and rolled out the new SawStop table saw and cut the leg bottoms off. I was lazy and wanted the leg bottoms to be perfect. I tend to still have some issues getting my saw cuts to track straight. To be honest it saved me some time and I really wanted to do some cutting on the new saw. Note to self, don’t buy a new power tool during a hand tool build.

First step was to remove clamp marks and layout lines using a smoother @Sansoo22 was kind enough to hook me up with, it was a joy to use.

Legs all cleaned up and waiting next assignment.

It was time for the dry test fit.

Now the glue up.

I must admit that I am wanting to start working the leg assemblies after letting them dry over lunch but that little voice in my head said to be patient and give them overnight to settle in. Next step is to attach the top. The leg vise screw is shipping now so I will have it soon. Thanks for following along

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View MrWolfe's profile


1413 posts in 1100 days

#1 posted 01-10-2021 09:04 PM

Its coming along nicely!
That blended shop technique is fine… I have both handtools and powertools and don’t hesitate to use either on a given project. Yeah… waiting for glue to dry is a challenge for me too.
Its looking really good.

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2102 posts in 1564 days

#2 posted 01-10-2021 09:08 PM

Nice work.

Here is a tip:
Alcohol removes pencil marks. The higher the proof the better.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

View controlfreak's profile


1640 posts in 578 days

#3 posted 01-10-2021 09:24 PM

Thank you MrWolfe. I really enjoy hand tools but rip sawing a six long board can a lot of work. My new SawStop jobsite pro is so dead on accurate it should really improve my work. I was trying to make a scrap wood plane till until I needed a sacrificial rip fence to make sure I didn’t blow a cartridge. The fence clamps are in the shop somewhere but decided to call it a day.

Thanks Mark, I was itching to get the plane out and alcohol wouldn’t get my clamp and scratch lines out anyway. I will certainly remember this tip when needed.

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#4 posted 01-11-2021 05:44 AM

That bench is coming along fantastically!!! I can’t wait to see it all finished up. That No 4 is throwing off some nice shavings as well. Makes me very happy to see a plane I put much work into back in its natural habitat going to work.

And like MrWolfe said who cares if its a hybrid project. There is something to be said about a complete hand tool project but you can make one of those once the hand tool bench is complete. This bench is the foundation of many projects to come so use whatever tool you need to get the job done right.

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#5 posted 01-11-2021 02:34 PM

You’re getting there CF! It’s looking great. There are very few things I’ve made that haven’t been touched by both power and hand tools. It’s all about getting the best results and the most enjoyment out of whatever is available to you!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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