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Woodworking with Will Myers


 
 

Building Nicholson Workbench

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Will Myers


Another workbench?

Does this guy have nothing better to do than build one workbench after another?

 

First off, this one is not for me.  I recently received a commission to build a Nicholson style bench.  The bench needed to break down so as to be able to go into an apartment.  Being the workbench building fool I seem to have become I had to give it a try. 

Here is a rough overview of what I came up with.

I started with the top first on this bench. The whole bench is made from lumber yard yellow pine 2 in x 12 in x 16 ft framing lumber.

After letting the lumber acclimate in the shop for a few weeks, I picked out the two flattest and straightest 8 ft pieces for the top. I jointed the edges and glued them together. Once the top was glued I could determine the maximum width I could get out of the two boards, in this case was about 21 ½ in.

I then moved on to the legs assemblies. The legs are simply three pieces of 1 ½ in x 4 ¼ in stock glued up, planed and jointed to 4 in x 4in. I then laid out 1 in x 3 ¼ in mortises for an upper and lower stretcher that connects the legs.

These are pretty straight forward mortise and tenon joints. The upper stretcher’s tenons are set down from the top of the legs about an 1 ½ in. The lower stretcher is placed about 3 in from the bottom of the leg. I used a 7/8 in auger and bored out the majority of the waste and the squared up the mortise walls with a chisel.


 
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