All posts tagged: workbench

Moravian Workbench: Leg Assembly Is Complete

It has been a long, long time since I last reported on the progress with my Moravian workbench. I have been taking my time cutting the four different leg joints to ensure I get them right (or reasonably close to right). My methods have relied heavily on power tools for the bulk of fabrication and then gaining a tight tenon fit using hand tools. Warning: this is a long blog post with a lot of photos. Let’s dive in by reviewing the various leg joinery… As far as I can remember, I have never made a through mortise and tenon joint. This joint is difficult to make well because the fit between the tenon and mortise can be easily seen. Making a nice, tight, square mortise and then duplicating that same shape on the mating tenon is time-consuming and even a little stressful. After having made the dovetail joint at the base of the leg (something I did twice before I was happy with the result), I made the angled mortise which will ultimately house …

Moravian Workbench: Dovetail Stretchers Part 2

A substantial amount of brain power has been utilized since my last update. I needed to come up with a better way to cut dovetails for the lower, dovetailed stretchers of my workbench (see more here). I called on a shop made jig for this. Also, the next step in this build will see me utilizing a second jig and I think a third jig could come into play before these legs are completed. All these jigs are needed to ensure accurate repeatability as I cut the four different joints needed for each leg, and has had me thinking, searching online and thinking more about how to cut the remaining leg joints. Last time I had attempted what I call the dovetail stretcher’s joinery by way of a Veritas dovetail saw. And I wasn’t happy with the results. Even after taking care to scribe lines and chisel a little valley in which the dovetail saw could ride. Here is what my first attempt looked like… Since this is most likely a workbench I’ll use for …

Planning For My Moravian Workbench

After taking a short break from woodworking, mostly so I can get my yard in some sort of presentable shape (and I’m not finished with the yard, more work to do, sigh), I am starting to seriously think about my next project, a new workbench. In typical fashion, I have been on a super slow shop renovation that will mostly conclude with this new workbench. Past shop updates include a new router table and a new miter saw stand both from 2013, a removable panelled shop wall which serves as a backdrop for my woodworking photos completed in the Spring of 2014, and then the recently completed tool cabinet. Other projects have been completed (like this one and this one) as this series of shop updates have come to fruition which has impacted by shop upgrade schedule. Finally though, this project is at hand. I say “finally” because I first announced my desire for a new bench in 2014; see the post here and the follow-up post here. In these two posts, I discuss Roubo and Nicholson bench designs. But …