Thread: Long-overdue workbench build
30th December 2019, 05:21 PM #121Theory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
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30th December 2019, 08:29 PM #122
opps slip of the tongue thereI would love to grow my own food, but I can not find bacon seeds
1st January 2020, 06:04 PM #123
Happy New Year everyone.
I felt I had to a little "something" to the bench today, just to start off the new year/decade on the right foot. (Yes, I know the new decade isn't really until next year but I gave up fighting that one when nobody wanted to wait till 2001 to start the new millennium.)
We had visitors and all sorts of other things happening but I still managed to find time to shape the end of the shoulder vise arm.
The reason there is two lots of marking out in the top photo is because when I was cutting out the dovetail in the other end I found a hidden crack in the timber and had to move it down the work-piece a bit.
In the second picture the curve is rasped out ready for final sanding.Theory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
1st January 2020, 06:29 PM #124
Looking good Doug [emoji106][emoji106]
2nd January 2020, 09:24 AM #125GOLD MEMBER
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It looks nice Doug
20th June 2020, 07:52 PM #126
Time for a little update.
Work has been continuing at a slow pace. I am still battling a couple of health and mobility issues which restrict how much I can get through most days but still I try to do a bit every day even if it is just going out to the shed for 15 minutes and doing a bit of cleanup ready for the next stage. Like most people with back problems the cold weather knocks me around and on the really cold days it is not economical to burn 6000 watts of electrons just to heat the shed up to something less than a comfortable temperature.
A lot of the work I have done over the past few months is not really worth a photo as it has been mainly doing joinery then disassembling the parts to put to one side waiting for when all the components are complete and it's time for final assembly. Both endcaps are fully complete as far as joinery goes; all the dovetails for the shoulder vise arm and tool tray are done. Tailvise dovetails are done except for two small easy ones.
As you can see in the photo the benchtop is currently upside down while I am fitting out the tailvise, which is why you can see the dog-row strip up above the benchtop (actually the bench bottom). I still need to make and fit the spacers that go between the trestles and the bottom of the benchtop and the strips to enclose the back of the rectangular dogholes.
To explain the photo further, today was nice and sunny so I wheeled the lathe outside and turned the vise handles. Yes, I know I am only making two vises but the timber was there to make three so I have a spare for later and they all match. Some members may remember quite a few years back, there were some Jarrah wine barrel staves up for sale in the marketplace, which I was fortunate enough to get some of. I docked the end off of one stave ages ago because it had some splits in it which meant it's use was limited. The block of wood behind the handles is the remainder of the piece I docked from the stave. It shows the splits. I managed to get two handles out of the wide side and one out of the other, leaving no evidence of the splits in the handles. If I had not made the handles out of that timber it would have only been useful for pen blanks/knife scales etc. When you cut this timber you get overpowered by the wine smell. Rather intoxicating.
I plan to insert a threaded insert into both ends of the handles and attach ends with some brass screws I will make on the metal lathe. I am not sure what timber I will use for the ends yet. I have a piece of a French Oak wine barrel which would make a great contrast with the Jarrah and keep the barrel stave theme going but it would not fit in with the overall theme of recycled Eucalypts, but I can probably live with that.
Next noteworthy update will likely be the full assembly. There's really not that much more to do, if the body is willing.Theory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
8th July 2020, 11:37 PM #127
I put it all together for a trial fitting today. It's just held together by the dovetails, a couple of bolts and gravity. The sub assemblies are glued up but not all glued together if you know what I mean.
Now it is together, temporarily, I can measure up for the final components before taking it apart again for the final fit and finish. The hardest thing left to do is the tailvise caps. Here's a couple of pictures.
Half-blind dovetails on the tailvise jaw
Tailvise is working well but still needs a small adjustment as it is sticking a bit on the last few inches of travel
The toolwell with some of the tools I was using today
Looks great doesn't it
Another pic of the tailvise just cos I like it.
and another angle.
Looking forward to the finishTheory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
8th July 2020, 11:48 PM #128
Doug, that is looking very impressive! I like the way the tail vise is coming along.
How wide is the main section of the bench?
I am always curious about the inclusion of a tool well. I guess that if it turns out to be a mess of shavings inwhich tools get lost, you can always fill it in with more timber and have a wider bench!
Regards from Perth
9th July 2020, 12:28 AM #129
Here's another pic.
bench7.jpgTheory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.
9th July 2020, 11:07 AM #130
Although the bench I plan to build (now well into the vintage section of a vision) will not have a tool well, I have a soft spot for such a feature. All the benches in the woodwork shop at school had this feature. It does stop your expensive tools getting knocked onto the floor: It is only ever the expensive tools that are subjected to this indignity. I believe it is a very worthwhile inclusion. if at any time a "solid" top is required a dummy lid can be attached. Easy.
"Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!"
9th July 2020, 12:25 PM #131
Paul, tool wells are useful. I have one, actually two, which are attached to the wall behind my bench, rather than to the bench. This is another option.
From my build thread: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMad...ifference.html
You can see these at the rear of the bench ...
Regards from Perth
9th July 2020, 12:46 PM #132
I really like the tool well. In hindsight I wish I had included one when I built my bench. The danger of knocking tools onto the floor does concern me enough that I ended up making some trays which nest to the back of the bench via a sort of French cleat, but as they sit on top, they can get in the way from time to time when I'm working on something big.
9th July 2020, 03:32 PM #133
Ah! So the first thing a new bench build should include is a few BOXES to hold the tools in place
--> idea, rather than a rear hook, attach two dowels on the bottom to force-locate it in the dogs....no slipping off then!
9th July 2020, 04:47 PM #134GOLD MEMBER
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I always wonder, Why don't we have deeper tool wells? I mean not so deep that you can't see the bottom, but deep enough you can leave the plane upright and still be able to put something over it.
9th July 2020, 04:54 PM #135
The problem with most tool wells is that they fill up with junk, dust, shavings, etc. Deeper just means more of the above.
I keep mine off the bench, within reach, and they are largely unaffected, and do not encroach when clamping is needed.
Regards from Perth
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