Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:40:36 GMT
I was flitting about the Internet looking for ideas on how to build my very first workbench. A Google search led me to a Reddit forum which led me to the Naked Woodworker video available here at Lost Art Press and I thought that was great.
Then I saw Christopher Schwarz's blog posts on his Knockdown Nicholson. And I thought, "Wow, that's the one for me!". Details in the blog were good but a bit vague for my level of expertise.
I was happy when I discovered that Mr Schwarz had written "Knockdown English Workbench" for the November 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. I purchased a digital copy. I bought it through Zinio, but I now see back issues can also be purchased through the Popular Woodworking Magazine web site. It filled in all the gaps for me.
Now that I understand what I need to do to build my workbench, the only issue for me is the parts sourced from McMaster-Carr. I live in Canada and McMaster-Carr don't currently deal with the average Joe from here.
The McMaster-Carr parts are the "ductile mounting plate" and the "high strength stee l cap screws". I might have been able to purchase these parts through Fastenal, but their prices were just too high for me. So I searched locally.
I discovered a "ductile mounting plate" is also know as a "ceiling flange", "top plate", "nut plate" or "ceiling plate". I did actually find a few of these at local hardware stores, but stock was consistently lower than the 15 required for the project. I hit the jackpot at a local plumbing supply store. They sold me a little bagful for a very reasonable price.
I am still hunting around for the "high strength steel cap screws". The ones sourced from McMaster-Carr are full thread, but I am wondering if a full thread is necessary. If not, my local hardware stocks Grade 8 3/8 3" long bolts.
Anyway, that's where I'm at on my knockdown Nicholson project. Thought I'd share in the hopes that my discoveries might help others.
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:45:11 GMT
You don't need full thread on the bolts. Partial thread should have plenty of room on them.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 01:49:45 GMT
Thanks very much Jason!
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:45:16 GMT
No problem. I'm working on that very bench myself and I have partially threaded bolts as well.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:36:52 GMT
Thanks for the update David, I am starting this bench in the next week or so , And your information on the "I discovered a “ductile mounting plate” is also know as a “ceiling flange”, “top plate”, “nut plate” or “ceiling plate”. has been invaluable in helping me source the parts locally . Thanks and good luck on the build.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:46:45 GMT
Glad it was of some use Bill! I'm now thinking that "ductile" described what Christopher's mounts were made of, namely ductile metal. I am pretty sure the ones I found, although the same size, aren't so hefty, but they'll have to do.
Bradley van Luyt
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:38:11 GMT
At the risk of quibbling over minor details the 60 1/2 is not a rabbet plane. It has no nickers. Here it is:
Don't want to get in a fight but I had to clear up that one.