Sunday, June 14, 2009
ash of base
It is Sunday morning and I am a bit beat from my evening/night job but here I am trying to make some sense. The bulky parts are laid out about ready for assembly. All the edges were softened by way of block and smooth plane. It took a bit of time but it was a welcome break from machining. I thought about skipping the surface prep because it's a workbench but knew it would bug me in the end to see the washboard of the jointer and planer UGH! heh. SO. I took my lyptus smoother to the surfaces and block plane to the end grain.
Fast forward and Tah Dah! The base is pretty much done. The legs will get little removable riser blocks so that I can adjust the height as I see fit. The benchtop without them will be about 34 1/2" high. I typically think of workbenches being about 35". I am not tall and it is easier to raise the bench than lower it hence the blocks!
The trestle legs are glued up and cross pinned. The stretchers are dry fit as to make the base more portable. The stretchers have 1" deep tenons that are fit a little bit loose along the legnth of the mortise to allow for any movement... the lag screws are fed through oversized holes in the legs for the same reason.
This thing is really sturdy! little to no movement with me monkeying around on it.
I took another little break with the cross pins. Counter-sunk and pillowed Oak doweling. I hadn't been any kind of fan of oak mainly because of it's gratuitous use... and the ways it's been used. However seeing Ian's work and working with these dowels I have a new view on it. It works well and it is a calm looking wood. Rift-sawn oak is a welcome sight. I don't think it lives very well as flat-sawn and I have been over exposed to the quarter-sawn with it's pronounced ray flecks. The rift however is a bit softer, more friendly. Working the dowels I noticed how interesting The structure is on a close scale. From afar even from a couple feet it looks pretty mellow (which is good) but close up... I don't know, it reminded me of a clean shallow creek running over smoothed rocks in colors of wheat, oats, and earth. HA pretty "far out" description, don't worry I wont be cropping dirty dreds any time soon.
I have also been working on the dog strip separate from the rest of the benchtop (as I was using the rest of it) Next I'm looking at cutting the existing top to size and starting the quest for flatness YIKES!