Bench woodworking is one of the most loved woodworking hobbies in the world. It gives us satisfaction when we finish a project well and it makes us feel good to know we have done something worthwhile. But the satisfaction does not only apply to the finished product but also to the time and effort spent on building the bench.
The bench woodworking hobby includes many types of tools including bench clamps, bench sanders, antique finish tools, bench polishers, hand tools, jigs, and many more. Many of these tools are expensive like the antique finish tools and bench clamps. So what is a beginner or an amateur do to make their own tools out of wood? Here are some tips to get you started on your bench making adventure.
Buy good wood chisel set. When you first start learning about woodworking you must be familiar with a wood chisel. This tool will come in different sizes and types. If you are new in the field of woodworking then you must buy a wood chisel that is appropriate for the size and type of projects you want to work on. The best tool to start with is a chisel set. Get at least 4 wood chisels in various sizes so that you can use them for different types of woodworking projects.
Buy good wood glue. Woodworking projects require hardwood to work on. If you want to avoid spending time fixing knots, cracks, and splitting wood then you must use wood glue. Wood glue will stick to just about any type of material. You might need to buy special wood glue, but they are widely available at hardware stores.
Get a right-angle drill. Although it seems quite simple, choosing the right-angle drill for bench work is not easy. For bench work, it is best to get a double bit drill with the right tip for wood glue and the right sized hole. Most good woodworking stores should sell such drills.
Get a small modern bench drill. Small modern benches are ideal for the beginning woodworker. These are usually low-powered but they are good for getting into tight places and for chiseling fine wood. A small modern bench may cost less than a big modern bench but it will not last as long and it is not as stable.
Unless you have a very large piece of wood to cut, you will probably want to buy a bench table leg instead of a large mortise and tenon. A wood bench miter allows you to cut various shapes in a piece of wood by using small sliding cuts. If you plan on building a chair or table top from a piece of wood chiseled from a mortise and tenon, then a small wood chisel is probably your best choice.
Printable woodworking plans usually have a list of supplies that you will need. In most cases, if you do not have all of the tools listed in the plans, you should put in a call to your local home improvement store and ask if they can order the tools for you. Most people are more than happy to help out a fellow woodworker. In most cases, if you purchase your materials from a supplier with a good reputation, they will be more than glad to work with you when it comes to building a small modern bench.
Cut two slits in the bottom of the bench. This is where the wooden spool will go. Use the bench router to make two small cuts at forty-five degrees apart, one going across the top of the bench and the other going exactly in the opposite direction as the wood begins to glue. Use the wood glue and press down firmly, smooth it out and sand the bench until it has the same thickness all around.
Glue the two pieces of wood together along the two points of the bench’s long point. Use the bench sander to get the screw holes drilled all the way to the edge of the bench. Sand the bench until it has a smooth surface. Then attach the two ends of the bench legs and glue them together, and finally, sand the bench until it has a flat surface and is ready to use! If you are planning on making other small or large projects out of this wood, you can modify this bench to suit.