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By thetyreman
#1094317
I thought I'd document my workbench build with some photography and pictures, and instead of keeping it to myself, make a kind of blog as I go along.

today I am starting with the legs and braces.

the legs are 3 x 4 and cross rails 2 x 4 cut down to the exact lengths required.

Now I just need to mark out the mortises with the mortise gauge and begin cutting them.
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By NickN
#1094334
My first project when shed finished will be a Sellers Workbench, with variations, probably, so will be watching this with interest.

Need to buy about 100 sash cramps first though.. :D
By phil.p
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One thing I would say is that if anyone starts with the thought that this is only a basic bit of rough and ready joinery is that if you are not prepared to true your legs up prior to cutting joints, check all four corners before marking out. Don't just check one corner, think that it's tolerable and get on with it - invariably one corner will be closer to true than the others, and you only need one. I accept of course that most people will true stuff as a matter of course, but for people like me who did not have the luxury of a bench to work on, we tend to make the most of the status quo.
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By thetyreman
#1094491
I got through 4 mortises on 2 of the legs, it took a lot longer than expected, there is a hell of a lot of waste, made a few mistakes but excuse the pun (touch wood) nothing too bad, tomorrow I will finish off the other mortise holes and take some pics, each joint gets slightly easier, I am sharpening my chisel very often as well.
By jlawford
#1094522
thetyreman wrote:I got through 4 mortises on 2 of the legs, it took a lot longer than expected, there is a hell of a lot of waste, made a few mistakes but excuse the pun (touch wood) nothing too bad, tomorrow I will finish off the other mortise holes and take some pics, each joint gets slightly easier, I am sharpening my chisel very often as well.


Are you using Paul's mortise chopping method? I cut 10 M&T joints for my bench and found the chopping got more precise and efficient as I progressed, so keep it up!
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By thetyreman
#1094796
all mortices are now cut,

next up, time to cut the tenons on the rails.
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By thetyreman
#1094856
NickN wrote:Looking good, tidy job. I take it you're not planning to add a tail vice, or are you mounting one through the top rail rather than above?


thanks, no not planning on having a tail vice. I am going to try and get all 4 rails ready today, in between work as I am self employed and work from home.
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By thetyreman
#1095031
managed to get 2 of the four rails finished, and kept taking away a bit at a time, making sure it all fits, it takes longer than expected but is very satisfying when it fits, VERY

I cut myself quite badly with a chisel when paring one of the tenons so have had to stop for now, it's my own fault for being tired, will see how I feel tomorrow. I will upload new pics tomorrow to show the progress. It's surprising how much I am enjoying this so far apart from cutting myself lol onwards and upwards (literally)

@mark, I doubt I will get the end vice, but thanks for the suggestion.
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By thetyreman
#1095199
update, I have actually now finished both frames, pics are from earlier today, tomorrow I will upload more of the completed frames.
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By memzey
#1095229
Looking good! I love a bench build thread. I will hopefully be making one in the near future (once my workshop is sorted and certain domestic duties are fulfilled) but mine will probably be a less ambitious design than the Sellers style one you have embarked upon.
By phil.p
#1095256
CLS is a pig to use, (apart from its rarely being straight) as you have no corners to mark from. I think I would rather use good quality sawn timber than CLS. Horrible stuff, its only virtue is its price.