Unloaded some photos off my camera today. Now I see where I’ve been.
After Greenwood Fest, I scooted up for a quick trip to Lie-Nielsen to teach a 2-day class in 17th-century carving. The project is/was a carved box. Most of the emphasis is on the carving.
They’ve moved the classroom there, now using benches back-to-back. Seems like a nice arrangement.
Dwight got the “coolest shirt” recognition.
Bill brought an old brace for show & tell. I have no way to know its age. 17th/18th century? who knows…it’s really well done, no matter when.
I dragged JoJo Wood along. Decorative carving is not her bag, but she took to it like gangbusters.
She told me Edale is as far from the sea as you can get in England, so after all that time in the car, we had to see some Maine coast. Here’s Owl’s Head
Back home I have several things underway. I know this is stupid, but I assembled my workbench inside the unfinished shop. It’s stored here, was going to sit under a tarp, so why not have it assembled? we’ve never really looked at how it’s built – so here is the white pine top, approx. 4″x 17″ x 8′. On an oak frame. Wedged through tenons on the long rails. The frame runs 24″ deep. I have an oak shelf/plank that fills in the space to make up the rest of the bench top.
The front leg at my right hand-end. Holes for holdfast in the leg. A blind tenon at the top of the leg into a mortise in the underside of the bench. It just goes “thunk” and is done. Just 2 mortises in the bench top. It rests on the top edge of the side aprons behind the front legs.
Before I positioned the back shelf/plank. I have no recollection of why I framed the rear legs the way I did. But the loose block that rests between the back leg and the rear edge of the workbench top is a spacer to support the shelf. Weird, but it works. Once the shelf is in place, I never think about it again.
shelf is pegged down to the two spacers, and has one registration peg between it & the bench top.
The bench in situ. A sliding deadman occasionally gets some use. Chopping block moves to the left hand end of this view. Now to finish the shop around the bench & lathe.
4 thoughts on “Up to Lie-Nielsen and back home”
Thanks for sharing Peter. looks like you had another great weekend at L-N. sorry I missed you . . .next time. Warm regards, Rick
I used to live in OH. Did you and Jo-Jo go up in the Light House?
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[…] It’s important to me to show how the slab and the frame are held together. There are two blind mortises on the underside of the slab, to match two stub tenons on the front legs. The top stretchers form the inside shoulder of the tenon and support the slab (which, when put into place, went “thunk” and has stayed put). Much like the subconscious inspiration. […]