Thread: Long-overdue workbench build
27th Sep 2017, 04:59 PM #16
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27th Sep 2017, 09:45 PM #17
Bit late but looking forward to the finally result....make me feel like i actually got to the get together
14th Mar 2018, 11:27 PM #18
Its been a while since I did anything on the workbench. Health problems got in the way for a while then I took a little sidetrack into some blacksmithing/knife-making skills. When you get an opportunity like the one I got to broaden the skillset into something that I had been interested in for a long time, well the only sensible thing to do is to grab ti with both hands.
Anyway, just as I was about to get back into the workbench build a potential disaster struck. Our landlord is putting the house on the market so all projects are on hold until we either move or find out we can stay.
Hopefully we may get to stay. If so I hope to get back to the build pretty much straight away. If not then as soon as I am set up in a new shed.
In the picture you can see how it will look if you imagine the shoulder vise over the third leg of the left trestle and the tail vise on the right hand end. It is hedl together by gravity in that pic of course, but its not to far off to have the trestle/base completed (the stretchers all fit into the trestles now ) and for the main parts of the top to be all laminated together.
I will post another update once the house problem is resolved and I get back to it.
Apologies to anyone who has been hanging by their fingernails waiting for progress.
15th Mar 2018, 12:52 AM #19
Well Doug, the base looks great, but the top needs a bit of levelling
How did I miss this build when you started? I'll keep an eye out now.
Sorry to hear about your ill health and the nasty landlord. Let us know how you fare.
Regards from Perth
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15th Mar 2018, 07:40 AM #20
8th Apr 2018, 11:47 AM #21
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12th Apr 2018, 11:22 PM #22
I managed to find some available time when my back was not too bad to make a bit of progress over the last couple of days.
I had been working on both the base and the top for a while, just putting sub-assemblies together, dressing and laminating stock to prepare for the next stages etc. The other day I decided I need to concentrate on the base until it is finished.
All the major components of the base are pretty much cut out and the majority of the joinery is cut. The biggest thing left to finish was the means of securing the long stretchers between the two trestles with bolts. I had already (long ago) drilled the bolt holes through the trestles and into the stretchers but had not made allowances for the nuts.
I put a 2" forstner bit in the drill press and drilled a hole in each end of the two stretchers - like this:
Last Saturday I got the lathe out and turned a length of 2" redgum dowel to match the holes. I cut the dowel into lengths equal to the depth of the holes and cut part of the circle away to create a flat surface for the washer and nut to seat against and glued the redgum disks into the holes:
I then drilled through the disks and mortised out enough clearance space to get a spanner onto the nut and it all goes together nicely.
I put all the bolts in and it holds the base together very squarely and rigidly - and the trestles haven't been glued yet.
I glued up a panel out of two glued up panels recycled from an old Ikea bed to make the shelf to go between the stretchers. Ikea say it's Baltic Pine or something but it looks just like crapiata. I cut up another Ikea glued up panel back down into its component strips to make the cleats to support the shelf. Once the shelf components are sorted I can clean up all the parts of the base, do the glue-up and then apply a finish. If all goes well the base may be finished this weekend.
Last edited by doug3030; 13th Apr 2018 at 02:32 PM. Reason: pictures did not load properly
13th Apr 2018, 09:09 AM #23
Pics I can not see [emoji85]
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13th Apr 2018, 11:36 AM #24SENIOR MEMBER
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Neither can I....so it's not just that Matt is technologically special....(unless both of us are)"All the gear and no idea"
13th Apr 2018, 12:35 PM #25
I have the same issue with not seeing photos. Oddly enough, the Email alert I received has hyperlinks in the text where the pictures should be; but clicking on those brought up error messages anyway.Nothing succeeds like a budgie without a beak.
13th Apr 2018, 02:07 PM #26
Ok so - How many of you guys that can't see the pictures are using I-things?
13th Apr 2018, 02:16 PM #27GOLD MEMBER
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I can't see the pic on my winblows machine with chrome. looks like the pics are linking directly to your email account.
13th Apr 2018, 02:28 PM #28Senior Member
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I'm wearing glasses and I can't see either.
13th Apr 2018, 02:44 PM #29
Ok I have edited the post above so that hopefully the pictures now show. Here's a couple of bonus pictures.
I had to do a little modification to the washers or deepen the mortise - modifying the washers involved less risk of making a hole right through the stretcher onto the more visible front face. It also gave me an opportunity to play with another expensive toy
The panel I glued together to make the shelf for between the stretchers - recycled Ikea bed parts made from "Baltic Pine" - (Crapiata Scandanavia)
13th Apr 2018, 05:41 PM #30
That's better; the pics all show now!
I'm intrigued by your new toy; worrizit? It look too skinny for a normal linisherNothing succeeds like a budgie without a beak.
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