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Blog series by jasonborthwick updated 08-26-2017 08:05 AM 3 parts 7171 reads 0 comments total

Part 1: Milling lumber for and constructing the laminated top

08-26-2017 05:34 AM by jasonborthwick | 0 comments »

The lumber for the laminated top of my bench lived a previous life as cribbing for industrial piping transported by train. Each piece was rough cut to a true 2×6x8. My bench top length was designed to be 6 ft so I had room to work with to find the best section of wood in each board. The oak was free as it was going to be burned when the railroad was done with it. I could not watch he oak be wasted like that so I managed to get 12 pieces that were worth saving. This was enough to yield a ...

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Part 2: Mortising breadboard end and installing pattern makers vise

08-26-2017 06:23 AM by jasonborthwick | 0 comments »

Breadboard ends were made to finish off the ends of the laminated bench top due to the lamination being different species top and bottom. The breadboard end caps were milled to accommodate two lag screws in them. The mortise to accomidate the pattern makers vise as an end vise was milled in the other bread board end cap then the vise was installed. The vise and top were used upside down to help build the legs. Th process to build the base and install it will be the next blog.

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Part 3: Laminating and installing base to stand it up

08-26-2017 08:05 AM by jasonborthwick | 0 comments »

At this point in the project I have constructed the top and been using the bench to build the bench with the top layer out on a folding table. It was now time to build the base to turn it over and stand it up. The mortises are 1.75inch deep and house the center lamination or each leg. It is a gravity fit in case I ever move. For now this is the point I am completed with on my workbench. I will be making a laminated leg vise for my front vise and a double sided under be...

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