New Canuck Workshop

One mortise down, three to go. At least when I took the picture. The first one wasn’t the prettiest, but by the end I was getting good results. It’s nice to have an auger bit to take out most of the waste. Makes cutting a 3/4” mortise much easier.
On a sidenote, I used a LN 3/4” O1 chisel to pare the sidewalls. I know O1 softer than A2, but it seems a bit much for the edge to show degradation after paring long-grain  in white pine. The tradeoff is supposed to be a “keener” edge in O1 vs A2, which is presumably helpful for paring as opposed to chopping but I’m not sure the loss in durability is worth it. All this makes the new LV PM-V11 steel and chisels more interesting.

One mortise down, three to go. At least when I took the picture. The first one wasn’t the prettiest, but by the end I was getting good results. It’s nice to have an auger bit to take out most of the waste. Makes cutting a 3/4” mortise much easier.

On a sidenote, I used a LN 3/4” O1 chisel to pare the sidewalls. I know O1 softer than A2, but it seems a bit much for the edge to show degradation after paring long-grain  in white pine. The tradeoff is supposed to be a “keener” edge in O1 vs A2, which is presumably helpful for paring as opposed to chopping but I’m not sure the loss in durability is worth it. All this makes the new LV PM-V11 steel and chisels more interesting.

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Glued up, re-milled and cut. Working away on the first of two traditional sawbenches. (Mr. Schwarz has three iterations of the bench listed at the end) Finished up the 10° cuts at the top of the legs. Deciding whether to M&T the stretchers or nail them in place. Don’t have any 6D cut nails so that might decide it unless I make an “emergency” run to the local Lee Valley. Oddly, the big boxes post pictures of cut masonry nails, but don’t ever seem to stock them.
Original 2006 w/M&T
Simplified 2008 w/screws
Current 2010 w/nails

Glued up, re-milled and cut. Working away on the first of two traditional sawbenches. (Mr. Schwarz has three iterations of the bench listed at the end) Finished up the 10° cuts at the top of the legs. Deciding whether to M&T the stretchers or nail them in place. Don’t have any 6D cut nails so that might decide it unless I make an “emergency” run to the local Lee Valley. Oddly, the big boxes post pictures of cut masonry nails, but don’t ever seem to stock them.

Original 2006 w/M&T

Simplified 2008 w/screws

Current 2010 w/nails

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Having completed the milling of stock for a pair of pine benches, I was left with a thin but usable length of clear, dry pine. I thought it would make a nice bottom to the box, and give me a chance to use the plough plane I acquired last year. I milled the scrap board down to just over 1/4”, and started making grooves with the plough plane. Nice hand cut grooves. The grooving operation also emphasized how much I need to finish these sawbenches and get a proper workbench put together.

Milling stock by machine isn’t particularly enjoyable work, but it’s the most expedient way to get to the finer operations that matter, and are much more gratifying to do by hand.
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