Working with what you have

Right now, I have four custom Windsor benches  underway. Pictured above is one of the bench blanks having one of its legs holes drilled.  In the past, I have used small hand held drill angle jigs to drill holes in bench seats but nothing beats the mechanical advantage of a drill press to drill a large hole with ease.  The chain fall is the real star here can be easily adjusted up or down with one hand so that I can get the angle just right before drilling the hole. This way, there is no straining on my part to hold the seat blank up.  Also, the chain fall is mounted on a trolly so that it can roll along the steel beam that runs the length of my shop.   This tool can lift about a ton so it is grossly over qualified for this job but it works well and saves my back and arms from a lot of stress and strain.
This blank is for a 6′ Waltham Bench.  Also under construction now are two 3′ Waltham benches and a Cod Rib side armless bench at 4 1/2 feet.  These benches are not on my website yet but you can see my other benches here.
Below is a shot of the 6’bench.  It is painted with a very light gray, specified by the customer.


2 thoughts on “Working with what you have

  1. Grant Sonnex

    beautiful delicate work, Tim. I am a maker based in Gloucestershire, England. I've been working on a prototype for a windsor inspired chair. But I have tried to get the sticks of the back to flow over one another as you move round the chair by making them curved. you can see it at does create a major headache though in terms of drilling the hole angles for the sticks. I wonder if I could employ your technique? I still have to figure out what the angle should be, but at least when I went for it it would be a good true hole! Also read the other day of a windsor maker using foaming polyurethane glue and I wonder if that helps take up any slack in teh joints. you come across that? best. Grant


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