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Next up on the Shaker workbench build: the drawer case. We acquired the rough 4/4 cherry lumber and milled out the parts into rough dimensions - all 60 of them... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Making a new batch of natural wood soap racks for my daughter over at Pleasant View Soaps... Cutting the wood blanks out of poplar wood: Routing the rounded grooves in the tops: Using a dado blade on the table saw to mill the grooves on the bottoms: Lots of detailed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Turning and flipping the top to get it in position to finish it up (needed some additional muscle): Scraping and sanding for smoothness: Installing the mounting blocks, to which the top will be secured: Building/Assembling/Mounting the vise (Twin Turbo vise by Andy Klein) and apron: Top in position, vise installed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I had to put a pause on the workbench and vise for a little while to clean up and rearrange the shop (and the shed, and the laundry room). This gave me some more elbow room in the shop. You have to do some reorganizing and purging once in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Well now, making the top for the Shaker workbench is turning out to be a whole 'nother project on its own! Cutting white ash boards, 18 in all, to rough size and milling to final thickness/width... Making some heavy duty clamping cauls out of SuperStrut, and some clamping stands out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Assembling all the rest of the base pieces together, and setting it in the mobile base: Thanks to Deb and Hannah for the continued help! Next big milestone: building and installing the top! Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Assembling the back with stretchers, mullion rails, and painted panels: Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Putting together the two side/end assemblies: Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Some last things to do before assembly of the base... Cut the 3/8" drawbore pegs from cherry dowel stock; use a pencil sharpener to chamfer the ends (to make it easier for the pegs to wiggle through the offset holes)... Final prep on the panels - sanding the outside faces,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Continuing on the base for the Shaker workbench... Stopped- and through-groove joinery on the legs, stretchers, mullions: Making the 15 soft maple panels (with tongue and groove joinery) that will wrap around the sides and back of the base: Using the router table to cut decorative beads on the edges... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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With the leg mortises done, it was time to move onto making the tenons on the stretcher beams, end stretchers, and back mullions. Test cuts, test fits, and cutting shoulders on the table saw... Cutting the tenon cheeks for the large stretchers on the bandsaw... Finessing the shape and size... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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The Shaker workbench will have a pretty beefy frame, and the main joinery between the legs and rails will be mortise and tenon. Here we are getting the leg mortises cut... First - mark the layout lines, and hog out the mortises using the Festool XL: Then finesse the mortise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So, this spring I have a handful of house/yard projects to get worked in between stints on the new workbench build. Last summer late, some of the local deer re-discovered our gardens, and in one night almost completely wiped out everything that had been grown, wasting a whole season's worth... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I milled up all the cherry timber-frame pieces to final dimensions for the Shaker workbench... Jointing, planing... Cutting to final width, length... Gluing up some double 8/4 for the beefy legs and front and back stretchers... Drum sanding, planing to final thickness, widths... Arranged, sorta... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Well, the decision is in - I plan, Lord willing, to build the "Ultimate Shaker Workbench" by Fine Woodworking magazine. I will be making it a few inches deeper and will probably adjust the drawer arrangement, but basically the same plan. I obtained some 8/4 thick cherry and 4/4 soft... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Now that the farmhouse dining table is completed, it's time to move on, Lord willing, to the next big wood project - a large piece of "shop furniture" - a proper workbench. Initially I wanted to build a version called the Jack Bench, a bench designed by Charlie Kocourek. I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Getting the table all wrapped up the evening before... Arrived at our friends' house (pre-stay-at-home order!), ready to heft it from the van into their dining room... Unpacking and assembling the legs back on... Turning it upright and setting in place... A happy, godly family; worth it all! "And whatsoever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Pre-finish prep for the top: block planing & scraping edges to remove scoring marks. Sanding at 120 & 220 grit, then burnishing with a maroon 3m pad (to help the stain absorb a little lighter)... Staining with GF Antique Oak stain, with help from two skillful wiper-downers :) ... Applying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Sand, sand, sand with 120 and 220 grits: Stain with General Finishes water based Antique Oak stain (with a lot of help from my daughter :) ): Apply 5 thin coats of General Finishes water based High Performance Flat topcoat: Test-attach the apron and legs: Next up: sand-stain-finish the top;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Did 5 hours of fussy sanding, 120 grit and 220 grit... Applied General Finishes Antique Oak water based stain. The parawood legs didn't take stain very well, even after all the fine sanding and using pre-stain conditioner; but my friends like the character of the blotchy appearance... Applied 5 thin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Fabricated the four corner brackets that will hold together the aprons and legs. Lots of little fussy 45 degree cuts... Cut some dados into the apron pieces... Assembled the aprons, corner brackets, and legs... Used the biscuit joiner to cut slots that will accept the clips that will hold the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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For the dining table, it was time to do a little bit of old school 2D design work on the corner brackets that connect the aprons and legs, having to adapt a Woodsmith design to a different size leg... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Chamfered the inside corner of each leg: Planed the aprons and corner braces to final thickness. Then laid out the legs and aprons, and braces for a reality check: Routed a decorative bead along the bottom edge of each apron board: Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Wrapping up the construction of the top of the white oak farmhouse dining table... Installed the second breadboard end: Rounded the corners with a rasp and sandpaper: Filled some knots and checks with epoxy, and sanded them flush: Routed a 1/8" roundover all the way around, top and bottom edges:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Pleasant View Woodworks