Holtzapffel Workbench (Part 1 of 3)

My first workbench, shown in the photo below, was ok. However, the woodworking vise, I installed, ended up being to small, as far as I was concerned.

I bought two books on workbenches, but didn’t experience, that’s the workbench I want to build moment.

Later, after reading an article by Chris Schwarz in the autumn 2007 issue of Woodworking Magazine, titled “The Holtzapffel Workbench”, I knew this was the workbench that I wanted to build and use in my workshop.

The photo below shows my gluing up work station. I used 2 x 6′s fastened together to form a “T”. I placed one of these “T’s” at each end of the gluing up work station. The “T’s” allowed me to get the boards (2×6′s) up off the counter. This made it easier to clamp the boards together, and also remove glue squeeze out. The blue bucket shown on the floor, contains water along with a cloth rag. I would use the soaked rag to remove glue squeeze out. I confess, I tend to use to much glue. The glue companies love me.

The photo below shows the front and back stretchers, and two of the legs, built from 2×6 members, left clamped up after gluing for 24 hours.

The photo below shows a close up of glued and clamped together 2×6 members. The small wood pads approximately 3″x3″x1/2″, were used to keep from marring the wood, and also helped in distributing the clamping force out over a larger area. The wax paper and blue painter’s tape were wrapped around the wood pads shown, to keep glue squeeze out, from cementing the wood pads to wood members being glued together.

The photo below shows how I used a wood clamp and a “F” type clamp, to secure the wood while I squared up the wood surfaces, using a block plane.

The photo below shows workbench legs and two side stretchers, ready for the tenon cutting step.

The photo below shows using my table saw to check for square, on one of the workbench legs.

The photo below shows the jig I used for marking tenons. I liked using a jig, since this help insure consistence, when marking multiple tenons.

The photo below shows the setup I used for cutting tenons, on my table saw. The clamped wood member stop, on the left side of the photo, helped to insure consistence, for cutting multiple tenons.

The photo below shows a tenon being used to mark a mortise location. The vertical member is a board with tenon, which is clamped to the horizontal board shown, to mark mortise location, on horizontal board.

The photo below shows a leg and side stretcher, fastened together.

The photo below shows two legs and side stretcher, fastened together.

The photo below, shows the undercarriage fastened together.

The photo below shows drill press, being used to drill 3/8″ diameter holes, for drawboring.

Hope you enjoyed the photos, have more to post along with commentary in parts 2 and 3, of this three part post.

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