i have no idea what AwesomeOpossum's skill level is ...
Long enough to know I don't enjoy laying out dovetails, but do enjoy paring and chopping them. In solid wood, I typically free-cut them.
Long enough to confidently free-hand sharpen my tools, yet still need to reset the bevel every few sharpenings.
Long enough to have just about all the tools I need, yet every now and then find something else that would help my process.
Long enough to be able to hold my saw at 90 or 1:6 (for dovetails).
Long enough I can look at a piece of furniture, and pretty well know how it was assembled.
Long enough to be confident in my workmanship, make mistakes, and not be too worried about them.
Long enough to have favorite tools that you'll probably have to bury me with.
Long enough to know I still have a lot to learn, but possess enough experience to pass on knowledge.
Long enough to know there are people on this board who have much more experience than I.
Long enough to be about 5 years.
... but his workbench look well loved. proof that you don't need a solid maple top on a furniture grade base to do woodworking
Thanks, I think? :)
I built it about 15 years ago as my garage "do everything" bench. At that time, I was largely using machines, doing home repair and upgrades, working on my cars, etc. It's simple construction, 8'x3', with 4x4 legs, 2x4 aprons and stretchers, and a 3/4" ply top.
What you don't see on the other end is my metalworking vice, and the recently installed second face vice I installed for my son to use. (that vice was passed to me from my grandfather and I refurbished it).
The top isn't perfectly flat. It wasn't built for fine woodworking. But it's sturdy, and it doesn't shake or bounce.
And yes, I am proud of it. If it weren't for this bench, I probably would not have had the wherewithal to begin my trek into fine woodworking.
, Thank you for keeping us updated. I enjoy watching your progress.
Paul Sellers has a video on drawbore. You can make your own drawbore dowels, or just buy generic dowels and cut them to length. I recommend you practice the process on scrap wood before doing it on your bench.
As I'm sure you're figuring out, your bench is probably going to be heavy. There's a reason for that ... so it doesn't rack and bounce as you do your work on it. Same goes for joints, which need to be tight so they can't move. It's elegant to think about not gluing, but a loose joint can produce undesired results. I'm not saying you *should* glue, but unless you plan to disassemble the table, it'll give you much more strength.