OK, no quick poll yesterday. What’s the excuse this time, Tom?
It’s not like I had to rearrange my sock drawer… but, I did have to do a ton of laundry. There was also the annual purchasing of the turkey for Thanksgiving. And, there was a sand castle contest in Treasure Island, Florida, where we saw some interesting sculptures.
And, just what is this pile of Southern Yellow Pine supposed to become? Something like this:
Yes, I’m building a new work bench. A Nicholson bench, to be exact.The bench I built back in 2008 is nice, big and heavy, but there are some things I can’t do with it. I can’t clamp anything to the face of it in order to secure it for edge planing. I really don’t have a good tail vise. And, I think the time has some to remedy this.
After using – and laying on – Mike Siemsen’s Nicholson at the Hand Tool Olympics, I really got the bug to build one.
This weekend, I headed over to big orange, and started buying southern yellow pine dimensional lumber. Man, those boards are pretty sweet. Not a lot of knots, pretty darned flat and ready to be worked.
So, I started with building the legs. I used 2 x 8’s, ripping the radiused edges off until I had 7 inch wide boards. After marking out where I wanted the mortises to live, I set up the drill press with a one inch forstner bit. I have never made mortises this way before, and I have to admit, it was pretty cool. And made quite a mess…
With the leg assemblies together, I can now turn my attention to the upper part of the bench. One critical component of a Nicholson bench are the sides. So, ripped off the radiused top of the board, and nipped off the bottom corners of the sides, and now need to start thinking about boring holes for them and getting them ready to mount to the leg assemblies.
Hopefully, I’ll have it all ready in time to build some projects for the Last Minute Elf week…