For those following the saga of Das Bench (aka building
a REAL Woodworker's Bench - the bench being the "real"
part 'cause I'm far from being a real woodworker and
don't want to mislead anyone), here's the latest installment.
The top core is done, the apron splined and all threaded to
the core, the shoulder vise and twin screw in place and
the top ready to be "mounted" to the base unit. Still have
a few screws to put in on the twin vise and some dog holes
to do but ...
(all one line so watch the line wrap)
Will be taking the top apart - one more time - to cut the "square"
dog holes in the front apron - after I make a run up to WoodCraft
to get a "square" dog (they're not really square but more of a
longer than it is wide rectangle).
Fun stuff this woodworking thing. Beats pissin' & moanin'
about chisels not holding an edge or what blurfl to buy
(you listening Dave? : )
Anyone else making any furniture?
Outstanding work. I especially like the otherworldly glow that
seems to surround the bench. :-)
Heh. Careful, charlieb. His killfile is only a careless (or
factual) comment away. :-)
A small hutch for SWMBO. I'm making the side panels (raising them
by hand) for the base now. Then it's time to cut the m&t's for joining
the side panels to stretchers. Then it's drawers. Then it's the top
section of the hutch. I hope to be done by the end of the summer. :-}
No, trying to get my shop back. :-( Lost the water heater and SWMBO took
the opportunity to upgrade the utility room. New paint on the walls, laid
new linoleum last night and new baseboard this morning. The washer is out
of the shop, back working in the utility room. The dryer is still in the
middle of the shop in the process of getting a new power cord.
Hopefully I'm just a few days away from sawdust again. ;-)
Yeah, man. Coming together nicely. Why you putting yourself through
taking the top apart (again) and driving 60 miles each way for
squarish bench dogs? You gotta sumptin' against the cute little round
ones you make in your own shop? 3/4 Forstner, oak dowels glued to
little bubeeenga or cocobolocobocolo square caps. Dey'll make a nice
contrast with your mapley benchtop and you be stylin'.
Oh. Nevermind. I forgot... we're talking about... you. Drilling
holes and making dogs would be too... easy. ;>
Hears. Doesn't listen. Troll boogers clogging up the frontal lobe,
Nice bench, Charlie. I've even bookmarked the site for those
sexy-as-hell adjustable-from-above leg leveler thingys. They're
Thanks for posting again Charlie - I'm somewhat behind you in construction -
I've got the feet and legs cut and M&T''d (believe it or not they sort of
fit!). I'm moving on to the stretchers. I really appreciate your posting -
I hope you'll leave these pages active for a little while so I can benefit
from your experience and wisdom -
You're not kidding anyone with the "real" thing - you ARE a "real"
woodworker - I think it's the trying that makes you "real". You're more
skilled than I am, and maybe less skilled than some others. Maybe you're
don't make your living with woodworking. But, I think skill comes with
time, practice, and patience. Whatever your skill level is, you're
definitely a "REAL" woodworker.
Right now, my furniture making is my workbench construction -
Great Job - thanks for your willingness to teach and help me by making this
In response to comments as of 4:45 pm WST 4/13/04
Dave: - that was one or your shortest posts - ever. Wander over
when you get the chance. Call first - I do leave the
once in a while.
Nick: - perservere - mine was over a year in the making - though
that's elapsed time not actual working time. Now that I've
found a source for thick stock and have done one I think
I could do another one in less than 40 hours, drying time
for danish oil and shellac excluded.
You'll use most of the hand tools and power tools you
own before the bench is done and what you learn will
get refined on the next project.
As for being a "real" woodworker - you obviously haven't
made it to my OOPS! pages so here's the latest page - one
of several related to making this bench
Unless comcast goes under or raises their rates out
of my league my site'll be around - and growing. If
what's there helps someone out or gets them to try
something they didn't think they could do I'm happy.
A Dubya: - My site's pretty primitive as web sites go but
you can get to most everything from the all text
I like Swingman's "20/20 Hindsight" idea and
should probably do somthiing similar.
Mark: - Not sure how SWMBO's projects always become the
top priority. Was (empahsizing was) married to
a woman who had to be related to Sarah Winchester
(Sarah believed that as long as she kept building on
to her house the souls or all those killed by Winchester
rifles couldn't "get her".). I went through
"move the kitchen into the end of the garage, make
the current kitchen into the dining room, open up
that wall into the living room, make that exterior
sliding door into two windows, make that back door
into another window and while you're at it, raise
the remaining garage floor so it's level with the
house floor AND wire and light it for my weaving
room - did I mention that will require opening
up the living room wall - right up against the
fireplace - for a door? Raised the property value,
which she got 60% of as part of the property
settlement. But I've got the house AND the four
car garage shop!
Mike: - There will be round dogs and round dog holes as
well, some in rosewood (been collecting smallish
pieces for a year or two), bocote, bubingo and
maybe some out of badda bing badda boom (very
rare wood found only in Jersey). But round
dog holes, though easy enough to drill, do require
making round wood things to fit in them. Alas,
no lathe - yet (but I've got a line on one :).
Could you e-mail me the guitar maker's url,
lost my ea-mail a while back. Want to send
him a piece of that bear claw spruce.
Chuck: - Actually, Dave's a nice guy - in person :)
That otherworldlyglow thing only shows up in
photos. Wonder if it has something to do with
the ghosts who were after Sarah Winchester?
As for the workmanship - you obviously missed
The See Through Leg (mortise cut on the wrong
side of the line) and the other screw ups on this
project. Am thinking of adding a section to my
site called "F**K UPS & Fixes"
Ain't woodworking fun?
Well, I wasn't totally opposed. ;-) The busted water heater made a
pathetic-looking utility room look like a failed urban renewal project.
Since I'm hoping to some day in the not too distant future to move to at
least a two car gara^H^H^H^Hshop, having a utility room that doesn't look
like hell warmed over is a selling point. <g>
Plus I got to by another trowel and curved blades for my utility knife. ;-)
--DISCLAIMER: Those with weak hearts should not read this.
It describes Larry actually making something in his shop.--
I'm almost done with a guitar stand, halfway through refinishing
a mantle, 1/3 of the way done with the carving bench, and in
the planning stages of a smallish entertainment center. Ayup,
I've actually made sawdust 5 times in the last week.
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Nothing but shop carpentry and some shop furniture since last June.
Next project is either a) a shaper cutter and router bit cabinet,
partially to use up some prototype oak doors that I built to test out as
prototypes for my entry cabinet or b) start on the kitchen cabinets for
the kitchen remodel.
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