Thursday, September 8, 2016

Benchless School Box Build - Part II

I didn't get very much done on my build today. It was, however, good to get a little bit of woodworking done. It is clear that I am a bit out of practice.

Pretty much all I accomplished was to get the rough boards cut out for the carcase.  To do this, I spent the usual inordinate amount of time looking the boards over to see where my cuts should go.

Oh! I almost forgot. I also got some sharpening in. I brought along two beautiful chisels given to me by Kim Malmberg (@kims.tagram on Instagram), the big one and the medium one. The small one was a great size that I brought along from my mounting collection of Nordic chisels I call the Swedish Hoarde.
A few of the tools I brought with me.

I sharpened the two smaller ones, and my Veritas BU Jack plane using the oil stones I brought along. I had to run to the corner hardware store for some appropriate oil, though. - Back to our scheduled programming:

Once I figured out where the cuts should go, I laid them out like this:

Laying out crosscuts.
I only have a six inch square, which is pretty small for this. For a straightedge, I used my 1.85 Euro bench as the edge on it was square enough. I used the Starrett to double check.

I decided not to use the bidet for crosscuts, as I have this little boink in the wall that worked just fine, using my feet as workholding ala the Japanese.
I need to get some cool toe-socks.
The biggest problem here, is sawdust gets on your socks. Other than that, it works. I think with a little practice, I could probably cut a nice straight line this way.
Close up.

Finished cross cuts.
I have to say that this works just fine. I used an old towel to try to keep the wall and the lumber from getting dinged up, and the OSB seems to work pretty good at leveling out the small inconsistencies in our tile.

The big issue was that everything seemed to take twice as long as in my German shop. Partly as I was learning how to do it this way, and partly because I have all of those jigs and workholding devices in my German shop for a reason - to make things easier and quicker.

Tomorrow there are a few more crosscuts to get the pieces to final dimension, and I have to figure out a way to shoot the ends square.

'Till then!


  1. Now that is an accomplishment to crosscut wood like that. Impressive!
    Remember like you told me once about sawing (with the mulesaw):
    Slow is steady and steady is fast :-)

  2. Im my travels along some of the world trouble spots, i saw plenty of woodworking done with holding the pieces with their foot, look strange at first but seems to, work pretty good, heh

    Bob, the world traveller

    1. I have to say I was inspired by a photo I found in a children's book. It was an Algerian carpenter sharpening a handsaw holding the saw with his foot against a jointer plane. I'll post that in my next post.

  3. I giggled like an idiot at the workholding solutions.

    1. Haha! Thanks, Freep. I think I could hear you.

  4. Awesome! Where there's a will, there's a way. Just be careful you don't cut off your left foot. (ha)

    1. It looks worse than it is. No piggies were in danger of going to market alone in the filming of this post.

  5. Unless you want to boost your kinky audience rattings in the blog with a "sexy fellow in underwear" (next time you can try stockings) :O and the woodworking Gothic community (put a little ketchup on your skin) you can try Japanese woodworking style - you already have the saw's like this:

    Just a kinky thought :)

    1. You'll never know what I was wearing in those photos...

  6. how to put a bench in the kitchen:
    More seriously, this guy has a bench in his living room:

    This one might be a bachelor:

    A workmate is far from ideal but it surely helps.