A “take-off” on Brother Underhill’s “Little French Bench”
Alright. So I haven’t written anything for more than a month. And, I haven’t done a thing on the Sidewinder lathe project. I haven’t been fishing, although the Walleye run was great in the Maumee river this spring. Friends of mine were literally leaving coolers full of fish on my porch. So, you might ask, what have I been doing. Afterall “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. Well, once again, I’ve allowed myself to be diverted. But it’s all good. Honest!
I’ve always had a hankering to build the small, portable workbench that Roy Underhill features in his book, “Working with Edge and Wedge”. Roy apparently saw a similar bench while on a trip to France, fell in love with it, came home and built his own version. The fact that the rear legs are raked while the front legs remain plumb make the joinery for this seemingly simple little knock-down bench pretty tricky, tricky indeed. In fact Brother Roy increased his degree of difficulty by incorporating rising dovetail joints in his model. I’ll be explaining why I elected to use a modified dovetailed tenon.
But right at the moment, here are a couple of pictures. I’ve completed the top and the frame. They’re just dry-fitted at the moment. I’ll be posting fairly frequently as I work towards the finish of the project. It’ll take a little while. But, I’m sure it will be well worth the effort.