All posts tagged: Moravian Workbench

Moravian Workbench: The Base is Finished

A project which has totally taken over most of my weekends is the renovation of my father-in-law’s home. It is a project which my wife is in charge of. She along with her brother and I have been directing a contractor who is bringing his old house up to date. Many of my Saturdays over the past two months have been spent doing small projects to help control renovation costs (oh, and college football has been a time eater too). Every now and then, I have been able to do a little work on my new workbench. A major turning point in the construction of this bench has arrived – the completion of the base. Most recently, I have been fabricating the front and rear stretchers. These stretchers have long tenons which slide through mortises in the workbench legs and these legs are splayed adding a little complexity to my woodworking. Each tenon also has a mortise for a wedge. Cutting away all the material for the tenons has been a super slow process. I …

Moravian Workbench: Getting Started

I have read twice recently that woodworking is a journey. And it is. I can remember being nervous while attending my first woodworking class; “Wood Technology” while a senior at The University of Alabama. For more than 30 years now, I have been on my woodworking journey. But each project is a journey as well. I think this because there is a leap of faith which needs to be taken as a project gets underway. A confidence that you know what you are doing, or mostly doing. And so it is with my new workbench. I have in my mind what I need to do to make this project a success, but there are unknowns and some assumptions which I hope will end up leading to a successful workbench. One thing that has been an unknown is what material I’ll use for the base. I have been envisioning a darker wood for the base and a lighter wood for the top. One option I had considered was red oak for the base and ash for …