So today I was a bit under the weather (which is a polite way of saying that I was having a philosophical dispute with something I ate and was conducting a brexit poll of my own) and working from home (which is a polite way of saying that if you work in IT, being confined to where the king goes alone is not enough to get you out of work because we invented both the laptop and wifi).… Read the rest
The new C.H.I.P. $9 computer board arrived...
I managed, one or three boards at a time, to get the glue faces of the benchtop boards planed smoothish (from rough-sawn) over assorted weekday evenings in the hour or less that I had free. Hell, I even managed to paint the sawhorses out of sheer frustration (and to test the colours of the paint intended for the shed).
Then this weekend I finally got a sunday to work on the top (I was waiting for a full day because everyone says that with pine, plane it flat and glue it the same day or it’ll warp on you out of spite).… Read the rest
There followed a few weeks of waiting and gathering up a few tools I didn’t have and was going to need (yes, I need a #7. For a given value of need. Oh come on, look at all that lovely cast iron…).
Then after that, once the moisture content was more or less stable in the wood, I hauled out the 2×3 lengths I had and knocked up some quick sawhorses because I was not about to plane an entire workbench on a workmate that did more dancing than I did at my wedding.… Read the rest
One of the larger parts of the build, and definitely the part with the most sweat involved.
So after enough time to use up all the swear words on a Workmate, I figured enough was enough and it was time to buy a workbench.
Then I saw the prices for hand tool friendly workbenches and vigorously revisited that notion, and came across Paul Sellers’ videos and the Stumpy Nubs 2×6 Roubo build and all the other builds out there, and like every newbie ever, decided to do something slightly more complicated than was strictly necessary (because hey, it’s fun).… Read the rest
First step in building a bench – legs. Laminating up 2x4s to make the bulk of them.
A Black&Decker workmate is useful if you have nothing else, but I’m not going to be able to plane a lot of stock on it because it jumps about the place so much. These sawhorses should help. Simple construction using mitre joints, half-laps, housing joints, glue and cut nails. Not hugely special; definitely hugely useful.… Read the rest
Whoops, delivered into my neighbour’s parking spot. Sorry about that Ken!… Read the rest