WBBN's Bench Top #2: Starting the bench top part 2

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-25-2020 11:05 PM 524 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well its November and I am back home once again.
Partly being able to stay at anthm27’s instead of 14 days in a motel (on my own)
Anyway I got a lot done between the heat, had to put up a shelter to be able to work.

Did a bit of research on half lap joints for the edging.

Found these Jigs.

Originally designed for a router but with a bit of modification I could use them with a table saw

I made the stile jig first as it looked the most complicated.

the chunk of timber behind the blade is a stop block

Did a set up on a “scrap” piece to get the settings correct

It seemed to work OK.

checked everything for accuracy as miters are chronic for incremental creeping error.

Did some minor required adjustments as needed and set to go.

everything seemed to work OK so I cut the four stile joints.

I then looked at the rail Jig and decided it was not needed as i could reset the blade and use the front of the stile jig as it was just a series of 90 deg cuts.

I also considered using my tenoning Jig with the work as it would produce similar results with just one or two cuts but could not be bothered with it as at the end of the day was only a rough work bench top anyway.

here is the finished trim

and it dry assembled

Now for the actual top.

This proved to be a bit of a pain as to it being 800mm x 800 mm at its narrowest part.

I was going to use my rail and circular saw but decided to see if i could adjust the table saw to handle 800 mm

Sure enough with a bit of jigging I could do that, so on it went for trimming

next I checked everything for square

there was a little overlap but nothing too serious

Did a dry assembly check

Identified there was going to be some minor errors of fit

Nothing that i couldn’t avoid and possibly end up making worse so i decided to glue it all up

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 11-25-2020 11:25 PM

Now you’re going all the way into furniture making Rob with those very professional corner joints.
Top marks!

Heat, it going to be a stinker this weekend down here; 3 days of close to or over 38deg”C” or 100”F”; plus our pool is out of action.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 11-25-2020 11:34 PM

Getting a bit advanced there rc!... soon you’ll be converting your eBikes to steam power.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 11-26-2020 12:19 AM

looking good there rob
moving along at the speed of thought

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-26-2020 02:52 AM

Looks like a top, Rob. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 11-28-2020 07:25 AM

Looks great!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 11-29-2020 02:42 AM

Getting a bit advanced there rc!... soon you ll be converting your eBikes to steam power.

- LittleBlackDuck

take it easy duckie we dont all have NASA funding us!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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