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« on: August 03, 2021, 09:16:18 PM »
It’s just about getting to be time to think about moving into the new shop.
But leaving the basement behind means I’ll need to build some new benches and things for the new shop.

I’m starting with this little bench.



 
Most of the stuff I build starts out as a sketch in this book. It gets me most of the way there with overall dimensions and joinery details.

I do like to use whole numbers as much as possible. 1” tenons, for instance. The inside measurement between the legs, plus 2” gives me my overall length of the rail. Kinda hard to screw up that math.

It’s always fun, though, to see what I end up with despite my best intentions with a drawing!

I’ll be using this bench a lot so I want to make it nice. I have plenty of walnut sitting on the top of the pile, so walnut it will be!
I do what the little voices in my wife's head tell me to do.

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2021, 09:27:35 PM »
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Re: Shop furniture
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2021, 12:30:35 PM »
I'm terrible about remebering to take pics along the way. So I have some gaps in the machining timeline. :D

This mortising machine makes everything so easy. You can really screw up quick if your stops aren't set right!



 

I cut the tenons on the table saw with a dado set. And because all the mortises are the same size, it was just the one setup to make all the tenons. I also used a block plane to chamfer the edges of the tenon to help at assembly time.



 

A quick dry fit to make sure everything goes together.



 

You can see above the groove in the legs and rails. This is for a side panel. I had this piece of butcherblock kicking around, so I cut and resawed it to make the 1/2" panels.



 


Here's my resaw setup. This is a new carbide tipped blade Im trying out. It really cuts nice.







 



 


A book matched butcherblock.


 


 

A better look at the Mortise and groove for the panel.



 

I have to sand outside. This is the first run with my new ROS. After 15 years, my old one finally gave up the ghost.
A downdraft table is on my shortlist for the new shop. Sanding outside with the fan is getting old. I was chased in by the rain just now.


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Re: Shop furniture
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2021, 03:17:33 PM »
I am definitely interested in the feedback here. I have been trying to setup my shop for 7 years now. It is very challenging with the wide variety of work I do. Somehow I need to fit wood and steel projects into the same space. My poor mill keeps getting covered in sawdust, absorbing all the oil, and then rusting.

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Re: Shop furniture
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2021, 05:06:09 PM »
  I have called the police! That is too well built and too pretty to use in a shop! 
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2021, 06:00:13 PM »
WV Sawmiller, just wait until you see what the top will be!
I like to have my bench’s and shop stuff nice. It puts me in a better mindset to work.
Besides, have you seen the cost of a crappy 2x4 lately?!?😂

Crusarius,
I, too, have machine tools. Right now, all my equipment is jammed into 400 sq feet. So everything gets messy. The basement has AC so the surfaces are still rust free. My worry moving to the shop is surface rust. I talked to my HVac guy and he thinks a dehumidifier in the machine room will go a long way.

Here we are so far with this bench.



 

Can anyone else notice the difference between KD walnut and air dried walnut?
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2021, 08:50:39 PM »
dehumidifier can't hurt. what really got me was when I was heating the shop to paint my sawmill. The mill and lathe were dripping with condensation.

If the shop was always heated it would have been fine but not trying to just warm it up to paint.

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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2021, 01:02:18 PM »
You are really going to miss AC on hot days.  I use a vac and hose connected to my ROS to make the dust bearable inside.  My Bosch sander is set up for a dust collector box, and a hose connects to it with a kit. Huge difference.
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Re: Shop furniture
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2021, 04:50:31 PM »
Nice looking little bench. If you've got walnut, might as well use it. ;D

Yeah, lumber and OSB is crazy high. Waiting on the crash in price to get the shop up here. Oh yeah, it will happen. :) Both made from low value woods if your the producer of such wood.
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Re: Shop furniture
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2021, 05:50:24 PM »
I use a vac and hose connected to my ROS to make the dust bearable inside.  My Bosch sander is set up for a dust collector box, and a hose connects to it with a kit. Huge difference.
Me too. Just a regular shop vac and Mirka Ceros sander. I can sand for hours and you'd never know it. No mask or respirator required. Sometimes I try to sand a really small project without the vacuum and I quickly remember just how bad it gets.
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2021, 09:04:54 PM »
I did make a dust shroud for my ROS. And it does help. But it limits my view just a little bit. 
Also, the hose hanging from the sander makes it a bit cumbersome to move around. 
But it does make for a cleaner sanding. 



 



 

This is the one I dropped off the ladder and it stopped working. 😂
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2021, 12:53:56 PM »
I can't imagine using something as unwieldy as that for a ROS. Get a nice single hand unit that has holes in the pad and a vacuum attachment. Then either put a bag in the shop vac or get one of those little bucket cyclones. If you're running just the filter in the vac it will plug up quick. You won't believe the difference and you might decide you don't need a downdraft table.

Variable speed is great too.

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2021, 01:23:26 PM »
Metalspinner, that shroud looks like somebody spun some aluminum into that particular shape.  ;D  And your FF name is . . .     Hmmmm….  
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2021, 03:29:38 PM »
Alan, I actually really like this sander. It has some heft to it that helps during sanding. I have tried several smaller one hand sanders and I just don’t like them. They seem too light weight. 
…Wait…hold on… the phone is ringing….never mind. It was “Rachel” from “Dealer Services.”

Anyway, I was quite upset when I dropped and busted my old one. The new one that came in seems different. Just not as solid(?) as the old one. We’ll see if it lasts. 

Btulloh, yep. I needed to sand some wood floor in the house and I put this one together kind of quick. 
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2021, 03:41:55 PM »
…Wait…hold on… the phone is ringing….never mind. It was “Rachel” from “Dealer Services.”


Wow she just called me to. Man does she get around. I am very glad she is so informative.

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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2021, 03:45:58 PM »
  You better call Rachael back so she can lower your credit card balance/interest, get your extended car warranty and fix that Amazon Prime Order you don't remember making. She can probably go ahead and help you with your monthly police and firefighters donations. ::)
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2021, 04:11:31 PM »
Rachael. Ha.  Love those.  I’ve lowered my credit card interest every time someone calls about that. I think currently I’m at minus 12,400% and I actually get paid for my balances.   8)  Problem is that I don’t carry a balance on any of my cards, so I’m missing out on a lot of potential income.   :-[

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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2021, 04:36:14 PM »
I also have one of those sanders and really like it. The bearings are going out in it though. I bought a 6” one similar to it and have a couple of palm sanders and don’t like any of them as good as that one.

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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2021, 04:37:40 PM »
Oh, and Rachel, I think she needs to start paying my phone bill as much as she calls me !

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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2021, 10:03:12 AM »
Spent the morning finishing up the bench top and assembly

I decided to use some aluminum angle as a top fastener. 
First I drilled a few holes on the drill press, then routed slots on the end of each piece. A little spritz of WD-40 goes a long way to making a nice cut. 


 

 
I did make a second pass to make the slot the same size as the hole diameter. 

This makes for a nice, low profile attachment point for the top. 


 

The center hole doesn’t need to be slotted. Neither do the holes on the base rails.
The screws in the slots are not snugged up - allowing the top to float. 


 



 



 

The plywood insert will need to wait until I move my equipment into the new shop. 
I do what the little voices in my wife's head tell me to do.


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