All right then eh chaps? Back from Thanksgiving! I hope yours were great. Mine was somewhat cursed, but despite that I'm thankful to have been able to spend time with the folks and the grandparents.
In terms of building this workbench, I decided to take advice and glue up the top in two separate passes. A good thing too because I scarcely had enough glue to laminate the first five boards. Even with what I had, there are one or two joints that have slight gaps, which I'm not a fan of.
For the remaining four boards to be laminated, I erred on the side of too much glue. I also had the benefit of a plastic putty spreader and a foam roller, which helped me get the glue spread out much faster. The glue up came together much better than the first. And so. Now the benchtop is all one solid piece. Tomorrow it will be set and I can begin preparing it to use as a work surface.
My todo list is as follows:
1. Flip the bench over, clamp it up to the workmates, and plane it flat.
2. Glue the vise face to the left front of the bench (as you face it). This will be a 2x4 piece of wood that will be flush with the face of the bench and extend to where the left front leg will meet the benchtop.
3. Install the vise. Install temporary fins/keels that will clamp into the workmates near the middle of the bench.
4. Flip the vise back over and plane down the top to roughly flat.
5. Use the vise and the benchtop to build the tool well. Maybe this would be a good time to drill dog holes as well.
6. Glue up the tool well to the benchtop.
7. Use the vise, benchtop, and finished tool well to finish building the legs.
In between somewhere I may take the time to fashion some longer winding sticks and a stop block for my plane blades and chisels. But I could easily picture having a working vise by Sunday, which means there's a chance of getting this thing done before the Christmas holiday starts. That would be quite a thing, if I could manage it.
Last edited by jags217; 12-04-2019 at 12:34 AM.