Hang Up on the Wall-Hung Workbench - Notched Cuts Template
Back at the end of July, I posted a photo of the wall-hung workbench that I had selected to build first in the garage (garden bench) and then down in my shop (once I got the hang of it!). I pulled down some plans from WoodSmith Plans and got started ripping down the lumber to make all the pieces. But there was a part that I got hung up on - these angled brackets with notched cuts at the bottom that I've circled above.
The plan calls for these supports to be notched and attached to a ledger board (that gets attached to the wall). But, my little, amateur woodworking brain couldn't quite figure out how to make those cuts. I took a sacrificial board and drew all over it to get the angles right. I even took it over to Nat's Dad's house and had him mark it up so I could figure out the best way to make the cuts. He showed me how to use my table saw to get most of the wood out, then a saber saw to make the final cuts.
But then I got home and had to actually do it. And my brain failed me again.
So, I ended up making a jig of sorts. More like a template. But, in woodworking, they seem to call things that help with shortcuts jigs. So, just play along with me here. My jig was a piece of paper that I measured and cut to be the right width. Then, pulled out the ruler and followed along with the dimensions in the plan and drew the cuts out. Finally, I put a pair of scissors to the paper and got this:
Now I had something that I could lay on top of the boards, trace the outline with a pencil and then take to the saw. I thought it was a good approach, but in talking with Nat's Dad, he recommended that if I did it again next time, I should use cardboard. Easier to trace/follow and the thickness helps in ensuring it stays true.
So, off I go to lay this thing on the lumber and make these cuts. Once the four required brackets are notched like this, I have all the materials cut that make up the super-structure. I can get started on hanging it on the wall.
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