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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Episode #45 - New-Fangeld Workbench Planing Beam

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This episode shows the details of the planing beam modifications I made to the original design. I made the planing clamp removable so it isn't in the way. I also lined the planing vice with leather to protect the edges of material being planed. I also added a removable work lamp to the rear T-track.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Episode #44 - New-Fangled Workbench Casters

This short episode shows installation of the dual locking casters on cherry hardwood washers. The cherry mounting washers are mounted on the sled feet with glue and Miller Dowels. The washers have 1/4-20 steel threaded inserts for the casters. This will allow easy tightening and replacement if needed.


Miller Dowels

Miller Dowel Company Video

Woodcraft – Dual Locking Casters

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Episode #43 - Beeswax Screw Lubricant

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This episode demonstrates how to make beeswax screw lubricant. This is very helpful for driving screws resulting in decreased resistance.

Please be careful and use common sense when making your own screw lubricant, as the wax and solvent are flammable. Keep solvent & wax away from open flame.

With nothing to do in my shop we venture into the kitchen for a woodworking field trip. The key thing is to not make a mess in the kitchen and to clean everything up when you are done!

I make a soft beeswax cream by first melting beeswax in an improvised double boiler then, after removing the melted beeswax from the heat source, then adding a measured amount of naphtha. Pour this mixture into a suitable container and set aside to cool.

Screws lubricated with beeswax screw lubricant drive much easier in hard woods. To use, simply press the point of your screw in the creamy wax!

Man has used beeswax for centuries. Woodworkers benefit in many ways from this natural substance. It is used to make fine furniture polish that is a staple for museums and furniture conservators. Beeswax is also helpful to lubricate and protect metal surfaces. Next time you pull out that finely tuned bench plane try a quick rub of beeswax on the sole. One of the oldest wood finishes is pure beeswax. Use it to lubricate sliding wood surfaces or ease driving screws in hard wood. Beeswax is an essential shop supply!

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Beeswax is produced when honeybees consume honey. It takes about 8 1/2 lbs of honey to produce one pound of beeswax.

Beeswax Fun Facts

• 10 flowers contain 1 drop of nectar

• 1 bee can carry 1 drop of nectar

• 10 drops of nectar yield 1 drop of honey

• 10 drops of honey equals 1 drop of wax

• 1000 flowers yield 1 drop of beeswax

Beeswax Technical Facts

• Chemical formula: C15 H31 CO2 C30 H61
• Insoluable in water

• Density 0.95

• Becomes brittle below 18 C

• Becomes soft and pliable above 35 C to 40 C

• Melting point 65 C (149 F) highest melting point of any known wax
• Stable chemical makeup
Essentially remains constant over time
• Usable wax has been found in ancient tombs

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Episode #42 - New-Fangled Workbench Part XI

The next series of updates will review construction of the leg assembly and casters.

Legs & Casters Part III

Follow along as I struggle (just a little!) with the mounting of the sled feet and stretcher assembly to the bench. The episode concludes with a quick primer on sharpening the card scraper . . . a very valuable tool in the shop.


Mark Mazzo - The Craftsman's Path

Mark Mazzo - Budget Approach to Loose Tenon Joinery

Gregory Paolini (FWW) - Shopmade Slot Mortiser

Lon Schleining (FWW) - Floating-Tenon Joinery

David Lehman (FWW) - Self-Centering Mortising Jig

Happy 1-Year Anniversary
to Neil Lamens & The Furnitology
Productions Blog!
Thank you for the teaching!

Furnitology Productions

Furnitology Blog

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Episode #41 - New-Fangled Workbench Part X

The next series of updates will review construction of the leg assembly and casters.

Legs & Casters Part II

Follow along as I struggle (just a little!) with the mounting of the sled feet and stretcher assembly to the bench.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Episode #40 - New-Fangled Workbench Part IX

The next series of updates will review construction of the leg assembly and casters.

Legs & Casters Part I

The sled foot and stretchers are joined using loose tenons. The Festool Domino makes for dust free quick and accurate work. Clamps, clamps, clamps . . . we never have enough! I made note that this year I will add more clamps to my arsenal!

The bench will rest on a set of heavy-duty dual locking polyurethane casters from Woodcraft. This should make for a solid but movable workbench.

Links for this episode:

Festool Domino

Woodcraft Casters

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Episode #39 - New-Fangled Workbench - A video Update

Installing inlaid steel . . .

This short video demonstrates installation of the inlaid steel strips for the center. The strips are 1/8 inch thick by 1/2 inch wide. They were cut to size, taped together and gang drilled for stainless steel trim head screws. The screw holes were countersunk with a high-speed steel countersink. These strips provide a point of contact for rare-earth magnets inlaid under the center well top. The results were excellent. The top is solid and rattle free.