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My First Workbench

I basically followed the Kreg plans and incorporated some other ideas that I saw elsewhere. I watched Jeff Devlin's video a few times before I started which was very helpful. I am definitely a beginner so it's not square, but it works!! My brothers even thought that is was a good job!! And they don't say anything nice! They don't think women can do woodworking! LOL! YouTube videos and books have been a great help to me because I don't have anyone around to teach me. Wish there were classes to take. I really like this hobby!!

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Comment by David Wilson on August 3, 2012 at 10:31am

where are the plans for that bench?  looks great!

Comment by Ken Darga on April 16, 2012 at 8:38am

Chrissy,

A continuous edge band on each side isn't necessary,

however; it would be nice to have it one piece.

An alternate is to use shorter pieces.

  Pine/fir would be acceptable for an edge band---I'd save the oak for another project.

Maple would be my choice over oak, for this project.

  If using multiple pieces for the edging,

I'd make butted joints at 45 degree---

an alternate would be 90 degree joints---

45 gives it a better look.

  I'd join the edge banding, using glue and dowels---

avoid screws, which may cause a potential problem, at a later date---

such as when performing such operations, as sawing, drilling, planning, chiseling, or the like.

Comment by Chrissy on April 16, 2012 at 5:40am

I plan on putting the bandind around, but just haven't had a chance.  I have left over oak but they are shorter pieces so I will still have to pick on a longer piece for the front and back.  I will post a new picture when I finished that.  Thanks for the suggestion!

Comment by RCW on April 15, 2012 at 7:41pm

Now how about some nice hardwood edge banding around the top? Easy to do and looks great.

Comment by Ken Darga on April 15, 2012 at 7:46am

JIgsaw blade selection---

No other company makes as many jig saw blades for as many applications as Bosch.

NOTE:  The BladeRunner machine max blade length, that can be used,

is 4'', and a cutting stock thickness of 1-1/2''.

  Also note, when using narrow fine-tooth blades for scrolling,

the blade will not be supported by the rollers, in the upper arm---

 ie, the teeth on the blade will be set-back from the rollers, not giving the blade any side thrust support.

Comment by Chrissy on April 15, 2012 at 5:45am

Hi Rick,  the top is made of 2 sheets of 3/4 plywood put together.

Comment by Chrissy on April 15, 2012 at 5:42am

Thanks Angie!!

Thank you, too Ken!!  Great suggestions for the Blader Runner!  I will try that blade out.  I know that I will use it more, the more that I see it used, so I will be looking for some videos on You Tube.  They were really helpful with the workbench and for the bookcase that I posted.

Any more suggestions, send them my way!!

Comment by angie brashears on April 14, 2012 at 7:58pm

yeah!!!

Comment by Ken Darga on April 12, 2012 at 11:30pm

Chrissy,

Make practice cuts from scrap wood ---1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 1-1/2'' material.

You'll need to make fine-tune adjustments, when setting up your machine. 

  Refer to the speed setting guide, enclosed in the manual.

  Select a blade that is most suited for the material you're cutting.

Become familiar with the cutting speed and blade, for various materials the thickness.

You'll learn as you go.

  Make a copy of speed chart, from the owners manual, and tape it to your machine, 

so as to have ready access to it for reference, when making cuts.

(put the chart on a 3x5 file card, and secure it with transparent packaging tape to your machine).

  ''Speed and Feed'', is key to obtaining optimum results 

  Higher quality blades, other than what is supplied with the unit, can obtained from other sources.

  You'll need to obtain some blades to make x-fine/smooth cuts, when making tight scrolling cuts.

  I prefer Festool and Bosch jigsaw blades---they're performance is better than others I've used.

  My preferred Festool blade,  ''S75/4FSG'', features a cross-set tooth design, ideally suited for making very fast cuts in softwoods, hardwoods, melamine, veneered plywood, and chipboard, among many others---

as well as making some pretty tight curve cuts---approx the size of a quarter.  Amazing performance.


Comment by Chrissy on April 12, 2012 at 12:12pm

Thanks, Ken.  I did put the 2 x 4's under the top and under the bottom shelf.  I just wanted to make sure that it was nice and strong.  I don't know that they are 16" on center, but I do have 2 under the top and under the bottom piece.

 

As far as the Blade Runner, I am not yet comfortable with it.  I have only tried to cut maple with it and the piece just bounces on me.  I may not have the right blade it in. 

 

Thank you so much for all the suggestions!!

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