remember Josh Finn saying in his Fine Woodworking article that this workbench could be completed in a weekend. Maybe if you have all the materials on hand, none of them are warped, it isn’t Christmas season and you are not married with kids. This project has taken me a couple of weeks so far and my progress seems to be at a snails pace compared to Finn. But, I have made some progress…
Two days ago
After taking back the warped pine panels, I came home with a sheet of birch plywood. The great thing about Lowes is they have a panel saw, so I had them make two cuts on the plywood which was a big help (I noted that Lowes plywood has larger voids in the plys than the plywood from the Home Depot). I ripped four three inch strips making sure they were straight. These strips did bow, but I can fix that.
I began assembly of the frame of the box beams. Shortly after I got started my Drill and Drive tool broke. I have had this tool for many, many years and it is a early tool I saw Norm Abram use. The design is actually better than many of the Drill and Drives I see today, but I can’t seem to locate this older version on the web. So, I had to go to Home Depot and buy a Ryobi Drill and Drive, that doesn’t really work well. See the photos below:
With the frames completed, it is time to cut and attach the top and bottom parts to the beams. When I got started, I thought that with some hard work, I could complete this task today and be mostly finished with this workbench. Wrong. I made a design change that took about an hour to complete. I made the box beams slightly shorter. So, today I completed the change and was able to get the bottom attached.
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!!! Maybe I can steal a little shop time and get a little more work completed. I had hoped to have this project finished by Christmas and I am close, but hopefully by Sunday I will be through.
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