Sawdust

While 1 was building the Shaker Bench for this issue, I decided to sit down and take a break for a cup of coffee. I was alone in the shop, and for a few minutes everything was quiet. It gave me time to reflect on my progress on the Bench and to think about the shop itself. I began to wonder what a 19th-century Shaker craftsman would think about the Woodsmith shop. Screeching routers. A modern table saw. Random orbit disc sanders. And my favorite Japanese dozuki hand saw. This didn't seem like a...

Legs stretchers

To make the legs for a bench, the Shakers would have used a lathe. But I wanted all the legs to be identical, so I shaped them from dowels using a shop-made jig, see the article beginning on page 18. Shop Note On the legs, I also cut flutes on the ends of the tenons, see Fig. 23. To do this, refer to page 14. stretchers. After the legs C have been shaped, they can be dry-assembled into the seat, see Fig. 23. This is to test the fit of the tenons, and also to measure for the stretchers D . The...

Portable Workbench

A hardware kit with all of the parts to build the Portable Workbench shown on page 6 is available from Woodsrnith Project Supplies. Note You will need to cut the dowels, hinges, and threaded rod in the kit to fit. The wood and plywood needed to build the workbench are not included in the kit 4 Piano Hinges, W x 18, Brass Plated with Screws 4 Magnetic Cylinder Catches with Strikes and Screws 6 Draw Catches, Brass Plated with Screws 1 1-Dia. Dowel, 36 Long For Bench Dogs and Cross Dowels 2 V...

Drilling into angled legs

Kart Cross Seat

TURN LEGS ON A LATHE, OR USE THE JIG ON PAGE 21 TURN LEGS ON A LATHE, OR USE THE JIG ON PAGE 21 DO BOTH STEPS WHILE GLUE IS STILL wrr DO BOTH STEPS WHILE GLUE IS STILL wrr Drilling a mortise in opposite legs for a connecting stretcher can be a problem. First, the mortises must be drilled the same distance from the floor, and they should be directly across from each other. drill guide. The system I came up with uses a pair of runners that rest on the floor between the front and back legs, see...