We started our bench making class today with folks from Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Austin, Texas, and one chap who was born on the southwest coast of England. It’s fun to bring everyone together to work hard on a great project. This bench design is a stalwart in the Studio. Made to be completely knock down for shipping to Kodiak, Alaska or cross town to Beaverton for Kitty’s shop.
Day One was mortising with the plunge router. For some a new and noisy experience. For others a quick method for getting some work done. There’s a lot of work on a project this large so cutting mortises with a plunge router helps the process along. We started off with a discussion of template guides and bits, understanding the offset and how to make our mortising templates. Then we teamed up to rout mortises and vacuum up the dust as we did. Hand chopping out the corners was next. Sharpening anyone? We’re working in European beech so dull tools comes with the territory. But we’ll get it done. Slow and steady on this job.