Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Bench is Ready for Work

Well, almost. But, the base and top are assembled, and I've flattened the top. I have removed my old bench, and the new one is sitting in its place, ready to go to work. I still have to make the faces for the vise (and install it), and install the shelf on the bottom, but I'll be using the new bench for that work. I'll also finish it with a couple of coats of Danish oil.

I'll also need to drill holes for the hold fast and bench dogs, but I think I'll wait on the dog holes to see where I really need them. I drilled quite a few in my old bench, but only used three or four regularly.

155 Days | 175 Hours

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Drawboring the Top

With everything already fitted, I drilled the holes for the pegs through the mortises,then drilled the offset holes in the tenons. Then, just set the base
back on the top, drive the pegs, and trim them flush. This was probably the easiest part of the whole build, especially with Shannon's help.

147 Days | 162 Hours