One day I decided to put all workbench elements together. Having everything prepared, I just had to drill holes for dowels and glue it all together. Well, it turns out not that simple in the end. I planned to do it all in 2 hours. It turns out over 4 with few stress moments.
I bought the dowel rods made out of beech in various sizes. This way I had everything to assemble.
Had no problems with drilling. First time in life did this type of joinery. Of course I drilled the hole with 2-3 mm offset. This way the peg could pull both pieces together.
Gluing wasn’t a big problem. The biggest challenge was time. So many elements with few surfaces to put glue on. I need some more experience in this.
Assembling it all together
Serious problem occurred just before midnight. I was mounting the bench top on leg mortises. It did block somehow. I couldn’t complete the fitting. I couldn’t move the top either way. Time was running out, and glue started to do its job. Even jumping on the half way mounted top didn’t help (perhaps I should gain so weight then). All the noise due to jumping and hammering had awakened my Wife. obviously she wasn’t “happy”.
Then I realized that I have pipe clamps. I quickly grab one and use it to clamp top with bottom stretcher. It went so easy that I was shocked.
- Except one, all dowels were placed correctly.
- Squareness of the bench was (surprisingly, only) 1-2 mm offset against.
- Properly pissed Wife the following day.
However the main result and my success is my workbench. Build by myself and just with hand tools – massive workbench. The only thing I use electricity in this project was the lighting and music. I hope it will serve me for at least few years.
- workbench “well” mounting
- top flattening
- mounting the vices
- drilling dog holes
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