Work Bench #2: I have been busy building a new work bench

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 04-11-2013 01:14 AM 2413 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In between jobs I have been building a new work bench milled from 8/4 and 12/4 maple hard and soft. The top is 4” thick. 24” wide, 6’6” long the legs are 4”X5” and the bench is 33” high which is at the point where my wrist makes a crease. The wagon vice is from Lake Erie Tools as will be the leg vice. I am building it by hand with no power tools at all, Whew! I still need to mount the leg vice after all the stretchers are cut, 16 mortise & tenons in total then dry fitted I will know exactly where the hole in the leg will go for the vice It will also have a sliding dead man. I post some more pictures as I get the chance. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 01:47 AM

Bob looking good the bench is really taking shape. Keep plugging away, doing it all by hand is a lot of work but you are doing a great job. Keep us posted on your progress.

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 01:51 AM

I forgot, I did use a drill press I dont have a hand drill yet. :~) I am thinking of selling my table saw, planer and jointer then getting some real nice hand tools. I am finding in many cases its quicker to do it by hand.

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 02:27 AM

Looking good Sandhill!

I agree on the hand tools.
My neighbor’s bedroom is about 10 feet from my shop wall.
He’s not bashful in complaining when I turn on a power tool after 9:00 pm.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 06:41 AM

Beautiful job Sandhill!! I can’t believe this massive workbench is totally hand-tooled … Ah … except for the drill press! Well … you’re forgiven :). Looking forward to more pictures!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 02:07 PM

Looking great Bob.
Patrick poisoned you against power tools? ;-)

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

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#6 posted 04-11-2013 02:59 PM

Just as Patrick said “Form follows the process. not form follows function”. He also mentioned working with kiln dried lumber and the fact that its case hardened in a sense. The maple I used was air dried which was much, much less in cost but I found when planning it I was able to get each board to come out perfectly flat in no time at all. It took me a full day and a half to plane the 12 or 13 seven foot boards but I felt connected to what I had accomplished when I was done. When I had to square the ends I tried using a router but I was not pleased with the results and could not get deep enough to do the whole end so I ended up using a had saw and then a hand plane to smooth the end. Listen to me going on, Yep I’m turning into a purist.

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#7 posted 04-11-2013 03:29 PM

And a fine build it is, very nice.

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 11:28 PM

For the most part its done aside from flattening to top and applying finish.

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#9 posted 04-25-2013 02:46 AM

Wow Sandhill … That’s looking great!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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