When you build a workbench with an impressively thick top, one of the challenges is cutting it to its finished length.
Unless you have an insane circular saw from Mafell.
Yup. The chain mortiser that we used to make the mortises for the base wasn’t the only nutty timber-framing tool we’re using to build these 18th-century style workbenches. We have a circular saw with a blade that belongs on a sawmill.
It made a perfectly square cut on these 140mm-thick benchtops with one pass. One remarkably easy pass. Even with high-end woodworking equipment, this is an almost impossible task.
After cutting the tops to length, most of the students began flattening the undersides of their benchtops to prepare them to receive the bench bases. This was done completely by hand.
Believe me, this week I feel crazily jerked back and forth between the centuries. We’ve been doing so many things in an old-school fashion. But, oh, yes, there’s the chain mortiser.
In the end, it all makes sense because all 13 of us want to have our benches completed by Sunday, which is when the real fun begins. To what am I referring? Let me just say three things. Englishman. Volkswagen Polo. Incredibly big workbench.
— Christopher Schwarz