Workbench Class Days 5-6. Dog run!

Friday: Flattened the dog run in preparation for extending the top tenons. Used a square, knife and chisel making sure the shoulder on the top remained straight all the way across the top. Next cut the groove in the end caps to fit the tenons on the top and cleaned the corners with the chisel, then fit the end-caps to their correct place on the top. Finished the day by gluing on an extra piece of maple for the tail-vise.

Flattening the workbench dog runs

Flattening the dog runs

 

Cutting the end cap tenons

Cutting the end cap tenons

 

Marking the tenon

Marking the tenon

 

Cutting the tenon

Cutting the tenon

 

Chopping the end cap mortise

Chopping the end cap mortise

 

Finished tenon

Finished tenon

 

Putting it together

Putting it together

Saturday: Started the day by cutting the recess for the nut on the tail vise, using a circlular saw and drill bit. Next marked and drilled the holes for the bolts that hold the end-caps on the top. After drilling the holes in the end-caps using the drill press (to make sure the hole is square) we drilled into the top. Bolted the end-caps on, then scribed for the dovetails on the front and back pieces that finish the width of the top. Used the bandsaw to cut 3/4” off the back of the dovetails (less work when cutting and fitting). Spent the rest of the day cutting all the tails for the bench.

Cutting the end cap bolt recess

Cutting the end cap bolt recess

 

Finished Recess

Finished Recess

 

Finishing the recess

Finishing the recess

 

Drilling the recess

Drilling the recess

 

Drilling the end caps

Drilling the end caps

 

Scribing the dovetails

Scribing the dovetails

 

Cutting the dovetails

Cutting the dovetails

Sunday we get the day off!

Jonathan Schwennesen

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