Derek's Shop #3: Despite a "Deadly" encounter, the garage workbench is completed!

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 09-14-2008 07:34 PM 2862 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday my lovely Lady Wife was headed down to Tacoma to help our friend Peggy set up a Point of Sale system at her needleworking/embroidery shop. This presented a nice opportunity as Peggy’s husband Joel is also a woodworker – so I invited him up to my workshop to help finish my garage workbench. (LJ project page at the link.)

Joel and I got a nice early start, sorted out the pieces I’d precut, and built a jig for assembling the legs.

Then we took a break to head up to Poulsbo where Captain Phil Harris (skipper of Cornelia Marie on the TV show Deadliest Catch) was introducing his new line of coffee’s. (I’ve long admired Cap’n Phil.)

We took a lunch break afterwards and spent a little while at the Borg Box drooling over tools. Back to the shop where we hit it hard and finished up the workbench over the course of the afternoon.

The view from the workbench:

The pool and deck are mine, but the house is actually our neighbors. Our house is off to the right and can’t been seem without leaning out the window.

By the time we were done, it was getting on towards dinner time. Our wives had already knocked off for the day and were at the mall… So Joel and I headed down to Tacoma to meet them for dinner. We ended up eating at a BBQ joint with a live jazz trio.

A day spent making sawdust with a long time friend, a significant project done and done well, an evening with friends over BBQ and beer with kick ass live music, meeting a hero of mine…

Folks, it just doesn’t get much better.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Joel V

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#1 posted 09-14-2008 07:48 PM

Hi Derek,

It was a blast coming over yesterday and working on the bench. Thanks for pointing out Lumberjocks, too.

-- Joel, Tacoma, WA

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 08:41 PM

Sounds like a fun day, good friends are hard to find and much enjoyed. Welcome to LJ both of you.

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 11:38 PM

Man o’ Man, what a great day. All I did yesterday and today was lay around and watch Football and sleep.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 09-15-2008 12:54 AM

Awesome….I love that crab show! I thought Capn Phil was going to die this season! Was there a huge line of people there to meet him?


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Derek Lyons

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 02:27 AM

lazyfire – that’s pretty much what I did today. :)

Brad – I’d guess a hundred or so at least.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 02:29 AM

You met Cap’n Phil. I am so jealous!

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#7 posted 09-15-2008 04:53 PM

I used to have an embroidery shop…it was a lot of fun, and a lot of work…sometimes I miss it, but other times I am glad we sold it when we did.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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