Deadman complete

Back to the workbench! (yippee!)  First the layout, of course.

After cutting the overall shape on the band saw,  I used my newly installed leg vise to start the final shaping.  First using the spoke shave to get out the unevenness created by the bandsaw blade.

There was a nasty knot right in the middle of both sides, but my small scraper did a really nice job of cleaning it up.

After that it was on to the rasp.  (Commentary:  I discovered rasps when I made a handsaw in Mike Wenzloff’s class and I’ve found them incredibly useful.)

The final product prior to pencil line removal.

The Gallery

Making the track for the sliding deadman – Part II

So, now I needed to cut the second side of the track for my deadman and I decided to do that with my rip saw (note: this is probably a better experience when its not 90 degrees in your shop).  I marked out my line and created a V with my chisel and  started ripping.

I put the board straight up in my vise and did a fairly decent job of staying on the waste side of the line.

This all worked pretty well until I got to the last 2 inches.  Then I had to get a little creative.

Now I had to figure out how to clean up the new edge I had just created.  I tried sticking it to the very edge of the work bench with turner’s tape and using my Jack plane.  That worked OK.

The best method was using my bench dog with my surface vise and using my block plane to clean things up.  Fortunately, I didn’t need to remove a lot of material, just clean away the saw marks.

An voila!  I had a stick the right size and shape for my track.

Making the track for the sliding deadman

So I debated how to make the track that the bottom of the sliding deadman slides on.  I decided to use my wooden foreplane with the strongly cambered blade to take down the thickness on one side and then try my hand at rip sawing the other side.

So fun with planes first!

I kept track of my progress with the bevel gauge.

Then I cleaned up any ruff patches with my small scraper after getting it to the final surface with my Jack plane.

Then I took off the knife edge with my jack plane and jointer fence. Way more fun that scary angled table saw blades.

Schemeing about the workshop

I’m thinking about a deadman and a new top with vice and bench dog holes.And some rearranging ..

The sketch up drawing eliminates two of the shelving units. One unit would be replaced by the wall hanging cabinet for hand tools (right now they’re in their boxes on the shelf) with the trash can below. Some day a nice planer with a mobile base underneath it. The second shelf would be replaced by wood storage.

I’m planning on constructing an assembly table that will act as an outfeed table and then roll back over the table saw. This will open of the space between the saw and the workbench for assembly.