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Blog series by yuri updated 07-11-2011 06:53 AM 8 parts 30898 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: Beginning

01-18-2011 05:33 AM by yuri | 5 comments »

I have a something which I use as a workbench. It could sound pretentious calling it a WORKBENCH, but for now it served that purpose. I had two folding office tables with top made of particle board with melamined surface. I just threw everything except tops and glued/screwed them together. I got a top. Took couple 2×4 and made base to hold the top. It is pretty weak and made like very temporary things. To keep it in place I attached one side to the wall. Which turned out as very stable a...

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Part 2: Do we need legs to stay on?

01-20-2011 05:36 AM by yuri | 6 comments »

Well. Got the wood staying behind me table saw. Damn, it is tough working in single car garage. I have to move my table saw, open garage doors to pull out my wood from there Ooh, it is chilly outside! Closed garage doors. Cut the wood to rough length. My future legs. Oh, no, I got the legs, but my bench supposedly has to have them too and twice more than me ;-) I grouped them like that. I started to work on preparation for gluing up. Here is the hard worker I assisted to her (is i...

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Part 3: Shaping the base

03-01-2011 05:07 PM by yuri | 10 comments »

For the time being I finished gluing bench legs, wanted massive base. One of them Now they need to be finally shaped. I do not have power joiner and planner and use my hand planes for that. That the point! OK, that is how I did the work All this shavings clogged my Shopvac and Dust Collector! Brave helpers: And legs are done. Well, not yet, I will need to make mortises in them … My future stratchers are comming up too Here are glued too Small one done to...

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Part 4: Demolition!

03-11-2011 05:49 AM by yuri | 3 comments »

Well, I did some more progress… or may be regress!Finally, I got to demolition point. Yes, you are reading it right, DEMOLITION!The life circle of my previous bench comes to the end. It performed it’s mission well and now it is time to give birth to a new beast. As you can know am going to reuse my old bench top. See what I got. little bit more: that is the rest of the old bench, looks gaunt, but it was sturdy! I laminated one more layer of 3/4” plywood...

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Part 5: Making the foundation

03-15-2011 04:27 PM by yuri | 6 comments »

I still keep the pace in building my workbench. Started to prepare legs and stretchers.I cut the legs to final length and removed corner from top of the legs, that portion will support bench top. If you remember how bench top is done, you will understand how they will fit. For that I used my shop made tenoning jig. and little bit closer. I cut tenons in the small stretchers similarly Checked if stretcher’s length is OK, it turned out as I wanted. Started to work on mortises ...

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Part 6: Finishing The Base

03-22-2011 06:04 AM by yuri | 8 comments »

OK, I finished cutting all tenons and mortises in legs and strechers. Time to check how all the parts fit together. Here are two legs on top Now whole bench, top up! Couple more views I was thinking for while about attaching legs to the top. That is what I came up with.I glued together three layers of 3/4” plywood and glued them to the top. I used plywood instead of wood to prevent any splitting. Screws were used for clamping, once glue cured I removed the screws. I tryed ...

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Part 7: On own legs

03-28-2011 04:16 AM by yuri | 4 comments »

Once my bench still lying on a floor, I decided to finish front vise installation. It is easier to work from there. I wanted to make meaty surrounding around the vise. Preparing first board Glue it to the bench That portion is done Now work on a second layer, it si little bit trickier And last layer Try, how it fits Wood piece for front jaw Once holes are done Next day I called my friend, who is neighbor too, and asked him to help me with final assembl...

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Part 8: Vise rehab

07-11-2011 06:53 AM by yuri | 3 comments »

It was a while since I posted my progress on a bench. It does not mean that I did nothing, really, and I have something to show, what was accumulated since then. Having new bench mostly done, my wife made a notice, why do I have rusty thing (front vise) on it? Hmm, good point I thought, huh? Sure, the vise works perfectly, but it could be great if it looks great too. I decided to make it better looking. Here is what I started with I stripped old paint and removed the rust Mask...

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