Monthly Archives: August 2012

How I fixed Herbie’s Hammer—or how I love old tools.

As promised in Day 19 of the Workbench saga, here is the story of my great-grandfather’s hammer.  Genealogy is another of my pursuits and it is a joy to be able to combine woodworking with genealogy.  I love it! My great-grandfather Herbert … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 19: Base Assembly!

Finally, the day I’ve been working towards for the last three weeks or so has arrived!  I was able to successfully glue up the base and insert the oak pegs.  It is no longer a collection of parts and sawdust…it … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 18: The big dry fit!

Very excited today because I got a lot accomplished!  I ended with a dry fit of the entire bench and started work on the leg vise. To get started, I finished sawing the bridle joint on the last leg…best cuts … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 17: The Bridle Joints…

I didn’t have much time in the shop today, but I do what I can, when I can! There was just enough time to cut the first two bridle joints in the legs (I did both the left rear and … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 16: Winding sticks and cutting rail tenons.

I had some time this morning with kids out playing with chalk in the driveway to make some winding sticks for when I level the top (hopefully this week!).  I had some 1×2 dimensional poplar left over from a project … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 15: Working the top.

After reviewing tye excellent advice I recieved from David and Sylvain, I decided to scrap my overly complicated idea to trace the profile of the top onto a 2×4 rail and just chop out the space required to fit the … Continue reading

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Workbench Day 14: Trimming Tenons and legs.

I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have today to work on the bench so instead of charging ahead with measuring the height of the legs to get ready for installing the top, I decided to do some more mundane … Continue reading

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