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Blog series by Jeremiah updated 302 days ago 6 parts 5059 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: Building a Semi-Classic workbench without taking a 2nd out on your house

374 days ago by Jeremiah | 2 comments »

Here goes…. Traditional work benches (roubo for example) are out dated. I know, heresy. But it’s true The reason they made those crazy over sized legs and joints was because they didnt have sheetgoods back then and they needed to over build them to deal with the lateral and horizontal force they experienced. It is my opinion that pine 2×6’s and 3/4 ply MORE than cover any of the structural needs of a work bench. So the next big argument FOR traditional w...

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Part 2: building the leg vise

372 days ago by Jeremiah | 0 comments »

i have never made a leg vise before and i have no idea what to expect with the one i made. The basic concept came from Shop Notes. And i like the basic concept. However, i do NOT like the price of ACME Rod, ACME nuts or ACME ANYTHING. so i went with “off the shelf” 3/4” threaded rod from LOWES. I dont know if this will bite me in the butt or not. But just in case, i built the vice so i could change it out if i need to use a better threaded rod. The dimensions ...

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Part 3: I'm a bit retarded...

351 days ago by Jeremiah | 4 comments »

I had all these great ideas about this workbench, and how i was going to make it….sort of missed a BIG mistake. The leg vise i made, didn’t clear the top drawer. Such a DUMB mistake. Unfortunately i didn’t spot it until i was too far along. So i panicked and cut the vise to fit. After sleeping on it, i decided that too was really DUMB. but i had already cut it…. Look for yourself, please don’t laugh too hard (or if you do, don’t post it) BEFORE...

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Part 4: it's starting to look like something

336 days ago by Jeremiah | 1 comment »

So after my HUGE error with the leg vise (it blocked the top drawer)I moved it over and mounted it on the outside of the leg. I’m not 100% satisfied with it, so there will probably be some changes. I did my best to cover up the holes that formerly housed the leg vise’s bottom and screw.Also I put the drawer fronts on the drawers. Here is the new mounting of the leg vise on the outside of the leg. once again, i dont love it, but it will work for now.More later...

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Part 5: Giving my bench some VOLTS

321 days ago by Jeremiah | 0 comments »

So far so good. A few setbacks and mistakes (to be expected) but over all its been great. The bench is all made out of 2×4s and 2×6s from Lowes with 3/16 thick white oak veneered on top. Now its time to power it up. To start with i needed a power bar where i do most of my work. I had some left over grey/black “hammered finish” oil paint that i covered all the boxes, switch plates and the power bar itself. It tied in the look of the pulls nicely. See t...

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Part 6: im not a blacksmith, but i play one on TV

302 days ago by Jeremiah | 3 comments »

My grandiose ideas gave gotten me in trouble again. I am NOT a blacksmith. I have little or no metal working tools. So what made me decide to make my own hinges out of cast iron? Who know. I do this all the time. I get these great ideas about something I’ve never tried before and without even thinking about it decide to try it. Sometimes this pays off, sometimes not. All i know for sure is, i spend 4x the amount of time making “forged” looking hinges, instead of just...

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