Ever since I heard and read Chris Schwarz talking about how a workbench should hold just about anything that you are going to build and do so in a way that lets you work on all sides of the piece, I was sold on the sliding deadman. Sounds grim, but it’s way cooler than saying that you installed a board jack.
I’ve gone a little off the deep end here by making two sliding deadmen and putting one on each side of the bench. I doubt I’ll need to have two at once, but given that I might have someone else working at the same time, or possibly working on multiple parts at one time, I thought it best to go for it. (more…)
Some people will tell you that they hate tool trays. They call them mean things like Hamster traps and blame them for hiding tools from them and causing them to throw out tools along with wood shavings that accumulate in the tray. Pshaw! They’re also the same kind of people who will claim that a shelf under the workbench will just accumulate junk and become a dumping ground for lazy woodworkers. In my mind they have just admitted that they are lazy and have no self control. Just sayin’. (more…)
I took some pictures of this step, but they mysteriously got removed from the computer. Sad day since I wanted to share the masses of sawdust that were created during this process, but alas it was not to be.
I was extremely careful to keep all of the lumber stickered and weighted down, even the slabs after I had milled them to final size. So, it was rather annoying to say the least when I found out that my front slab had a little bit of a twist in it after being assembled onto the base. I thought my ‘flattening’ step was going to be a non-issue. Not so! (more…)
The joinery here is pretty simple, a couple of tenons and some big lag screws. Because the top is split into two slabs and has a gap between them to hold the tool trays there is a need to really make sure that the slabs won’t move once they are attached to the base. If the slabs move at all it will throw off the vises and make the gap inconsistent, which will either cause the tool trays to get pinched and stuck, or fall through the gap.