This was a lucky week and weekend for me. Waaaay more shop time than normal. If it wasn’t for that pesky day job there would have been even more. Of course, management insists that her and the boy need eat every day. Ingrates!
The bench progressed throughout the week. The legs were bolted in place and added blocking to the bottom side of the top as per the video. This blocking adds a little extra thickness for the holdfasts to bite into. Then the top was flattened. Then the aprons were planed square to the top. Since the frame was flattened as I went the planing of the top and aprons was a pretty easy task. I also whipped up a crochet from a piece of drop and marked out all of the dog/holdfast holes.
A center stick was fashioned, again as per the video, and dropped into place. Then I spent a good deal of time boring 3/4″ holes. There are a lot of holes! Not hard work, just a lot of it.
Since I was following the video, I decided for the total immersion approach and knocked together a couple of the saw benches that are built in the video.
I bought the “Naked Woodworker” video when it first came out. Mostly for the entertainment value, since I had no intention of building another workbench at the time. Upon watching the video, I was impressed with the versatility of the design and enjoyed Mr. Siemsen’s teaching style. I should point out that there are actually two videos in the “Naked Woodworker” package. The first video takes the viewer to a tool meet and Mr. Siemsen discusses what is needed and what to look for to get started in woodworking. The tools are purchased and then taken back to the shop. From there, each tool is put into working order. In the second video, a saw bench is built. Starting with the layout of a full-size working drawing all the way through assembly. Then the building of the workbench is covered. Money well spent no matter where you are on your woodworking journey, IMHO.
Both projects from the video are readily accessible for the first timer. I have little doubt that with the two videos someone could go from an empty shop to working wood with no problem whatsoever. I also believe that there are nuggets of information to be had, no matter your experience level. Heck you may even wind up with a new bench!
I’ll need to run a few projects across this new bench in order to really get a feel for it. As of right now though, I’m quite happy with how it turned out and I’m excited to put it to work.
Part 1 Greg Merritt