STL202: This guy found a workbench on the side of the road!
Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss radial arm saws, side-of-the-road workbenches, dowel joints, milling wide boards, and suffer dramatic smooth moves
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Sorry, we weren’t able to get these ported over to Spotify… if someone knows a non-sketchy way of doing that let me know. Playlists in the order they were received.
I found a workbench on the side of the road. The top is a bit warped and the legs rack quite a bit. Since this bench is so old is it ok to plane the bench back to flat and build new legs? I currently use a bench that is built into my basement . Rebuilding this bench would be my first priority, but is there any reason I shouldn’t? Lastly, can I just flatten the top or should I flatten the bottom first and then the top, thank you.
I was listening to STL181, and I was surprised when Anissa mentioned her run in with a radial arm saw. I wasn’t surprised that she was injured by one as that’s somewhat common; however I was taken aback by the mention of the rule that you never rip on a radial arm saw. My father has been ripping stock on his 10 inch Craftsman radial for over 30 years now and has never had any problems with it. Granted, there is an enormous amount of setup involved, but the Craftsman has performed admirably and has a riving-knife style separator on the shroud that helps prevent kickback.
Make the shop workhorse run like a champ
Segment: Smooth Move
Barry: Not prefinishing after telling everyone else to prefinish
Ben: Mis-sawing a fret slot because he forgot about the depth stop on the saw
Anissa: Not paying attention to the directions when assembling something designed to be assembled by non-furniture makers
I’ve been woodworking for two years. It’s been a steep learning curve, but one I’ve enjoyed immensely. l try to learn 1-2 new skills per project, with a focus on not repeating myself or staying in the “safe zone”. I like results and try to churn out a furniture piece every 4 weeks or so. That said, I can’t will myself to trying more challenging methods of joinery such as mortise and tenons. So far, I have exclusively used the Dowelmax for all of my joinery. Piston fit, quality dowels with generous amounts of glue. Am I a hack? Is there anything wrong with dowel construction? Am I being impatient or lazy by not taking the time to “slow down” and learn tried and true fine woodworking methods, or is it OK that I focus on the parts of woodworking that I enjoy? The inner conflict is strong!
In Chris Gochnour’s recent article, Build a Contemporary Sideboard, I noticed that the case construction requires a piece of white oak that is approximately 9′ long and over 15″ wide. Any recommendations for how a hobbyist, with a benchtop planer that maxes out at 13″, might go about milling this? Don’t love the idea of ripping it into thinner pieces, milling and gluing back together, but is that the only (best) option?
Flattening, dimensioning, and smoothing
Anissa: Benchcrafted’s Swing-Away Seat
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