Shaker Workbench, Parts for Base Frame

I milled up all the cherry timber-frame pieces to final dimensions for the Shaker workbench...

 

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Cutting to final width, length...

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Gluing up some double 8/4 for the beefy legs and front and back stretchers...

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Drum sanding, planing to final thickness, widths...

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Arranged, sorta...

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Starting on the Shaker Workbench

Well, the decision is in - I plan, Lord willing, to build the "Ultimate Shaker Workbench" by Fine Woodworking magazine. I will be making it a few inches deeper and will probably adjust the drawer arrangement, but basically the same plan.

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I obtained some 8/4 thick cherry and 4/4 soft maple yesterday for the timber frame base and the side and back panels.

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Today, I put the miter saw and table saw to work, rough-cutting the blanks for all the structural parts of the bench base. After all that cutting, there was a marked scent of cherry wood sawdust in the air!

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Next on the Horizon: a Workbench

Now that the farmhouse dining table is completed, it's time to move on, Lord willing, to the next big wood project - a large piece of "shop furniture" - a proper workbench.

Initially I wanted to build a version called the Jack Bench, a bench designed by Charlie Kocourek. I really like the adjustable height feature (its hallmark) which would allow me to use it at a low height for doing assemblies, at a medium height for joinery and table saw outfeed, and a high height for doing close up detail work. This is a very nice, solid bench that is ergonomic. You can view the Jack Bench website at https://www.jack-bench.com/

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However I realized that I am definitely going to need a lot of storage in my bench (for tools, jigs, etc.), which is prohibitive with the jack mechanisms inside this model.

So, now I'm leaning toward a Shaker style bench, somewhere in the neighborhood of these photos from Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, and Woodsmith:

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Still noodling on it; hope to pull the trigger soon...

 


Dining Table Delivery

Getting the table all wrapped up the evening before...

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Arrived at our friends' house (pre-stay-at-home order!), ready to heft it from the van into their dining room...


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Unpacking and assembling the legs back on...

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Turning it upright and setting in place...

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A happy, godly family; worth it all!

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"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
(Col 3:17)

Sola Deo Gloria


Final Steps on the Dining Table Top

Pre-finish prep for the top: block planing & scraping edges to remove scoring marks.  Sanding at 120 & 220 grit, then burnishing with a maroon 3m pad (to help the stain absorb a little lighter)...

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Staining with GF Antique Oak stain, with help from two skillful wiper-downers :) ...

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Applying 6 coats of GF HP Flat water based topcoat, buffing between coats...

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Installing tabletop fastener clips to attach the apron to the underside of the top. Re-fabricated some extra-long z-clips for attaching at the ends...

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And that's it - the farmhouse dining table is all finished!  All glory to the Lord!

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Next up: the delivery!

 


All Done with the Dining Table Apron

Sand, sand, sand with 120 and 220 grits:

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Stain with General Finishes water based Antique Oak stain (with a lot of help from my daughter :)  ):

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Apply 5 thin coats of General Finishes water based High Performance Flat topcoat:

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Test-attach the apron and legs:

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Next up: sand-stain-finish the top; assemble; done!

 

 


All Done with the Dining Table Legs

Did 5 hours of fussy sanding, 120 grit and 220 grit...

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Applied General Finishes Antique Oak water based stain. The parawood legs didn't take stain very well, even after all the fine sanding and using pre-stain conditioner; but my friends like the character of the blotchy appearance...

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Applied 5 thin coats of General Finishes High Performance Flat water based topcoat...

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Finished!  :)
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Next up:

Same process on the apron assembly.

 

 


Constructing the Leg-Apron Assembly for the Dining Table

Fabricated the four corner brackets that will hold together the aprons and legs.  Lots of little fussy 45 degree cuts...

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Cut some dados into the apron pieces...
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Assembled the aprons, corner brackets, and legs...

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Used the biscuit joiner to cut slots that will accept the clips that will hold the top to the aprons. Then drilled pilot holes for the clips...

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And then - voila! The construction phase of the white oak farmhouse dining table is completed, praise the Lord!
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Coming up next: LOTS of sanding, then stain and finish.   :)

 


A Bit of Design Work

For the dining table, it was time to do a little bit of old school 2D design work on the corner brackets that connect the aprons and legs, having to adapt a Woodsmith design to a different size leg...

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