A Workbench for a Small Apartment

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  1. erix

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    Child #1 is getting ready to fly so I thought we'd build a workbench for a little shelter-in-place project. This one is made of ipe. We started with (15) boards 1.125" thick by 3.5" wide.

    Marking and cutting the parts for the legs. b1.jpg

    and more marking
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    and cutting b3.jpg

    We cut notches in the the cross boards with the old back-n-forth method on the table saw. They will be glued together to make mortises for the legs. b4.jpg

    Here they are after gluing, filing the mortise to fit the legs. b5.jpg

    The ol' Shinto rasp was the only file that would touch the ipe! b7.jpg

    That was a lot of filing! b10.jpg
     
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    We ripped the boards lengthwise to make a laminated top. In order to keep the boards from squirming around while gluing we drilled a hole in the center for a dowel pin. Then two more hole equidistant from the center hole using this jig on the drill press.
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    No pictures of the glue up. It was done in many sections over several days, clamped between two pcs of 8020. The cut side of the boards is facing down and will not be leveled.
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    I'm particularly fond of this tool tray detail. The bottom of the tray is one of the cross pieces at the top of the legs.
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    An overall shot before the top is bolted on, leveled, and the tails cut off. The vise on the floor came froma school auction.
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    Almost every joint was glued first and then screwed together after the glue dried but was still in the clamps. Holes plugged with maple.
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    Underside showing the board that becomes the bottom of the tool tray.
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    Let's go outside and level that top! The 8020 is screwed to the top and a quick-n-dirty sled constructed.
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    Took a lot of passes with a 1/2" bit....
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    But at least we only had to go across once.
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    And a pile of chips...
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    And complete! I think we'll put a coat of watco danish oil on it just for something to do.
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    This was actually easier to do than it looks.
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    Soon to be filled with chips - I hope!
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    That workbench is awesome! Nice job.
     
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    That's a really nice bench. Great work.
     
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    Workench for a small apartment is called "The Kitchen Table".

    It looks like that garage is all set up already...
     
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    Yeah, I think this will be the table. The vise should be handy for cracking walnuts, opening ketchup bottles, etc..
     
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    Outstanding :cool:
     
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    That's really nicely done!!
     
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    I've designed a "corrugator" or two in my day, machines for stamping a waffle pattern in sheet metal.

    That vice will work for preparing veal or chicken cutlets.

    :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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    Very Nice.
     
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    Really outstanding bench setup and execution!
     
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