Workbench Build #4: aka - the tornado shelter

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 05-25-2011 02:46 AM 5359 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All I can say is I am very grateful for all I have….this will be a quick post and my heart goes out to all the folks in Joplin Missouri and the unreal devistation that occurred there on Sunday…..

On Friday I glued up the bench top sections:

Saturday – I worked on getting them semi-flat:

On Sunday, I got a text from my sister asking “are you in the basement?” I was actually…..but I ran upstairs to check the weather and immediately realized that some serious bad stuff was bearing down (it was 2:22 in the afternoon…) grabbed the cats and ran downstairs and hid under the unfinished bench.

The twister literally bounced right over the house, sparing any major damage, unlike many of my neighbors, who had trees on their houses. This was the twister that really hammered North Minneapolis and concluded in Fridley where I live, just north of Minneapolis.

The past 2 days were spent cleaning up and helping the neighbors….......We have the electricity back now so are thankful for that…...

I am thinking that a donation to the Red Cross and Salvation Army is in order…......


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 03:59 AM

you are right there

bless all those in need

thanks for that thought

nice top
coming along good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 04:19 AM

The scenes of the devastation are chilling Jeff… I’m glad you were one of the lucky ones…
Your bench is going to be a real Beauty…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 04:30 AM

David and Mike – thanks for the comments…..the whole experience makes me realize how un-important the bench is…...but I really want to finish it now…...


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 04:46 AM

I’m glad you’re safe. I only learned about it on the way home from a long shift. It sounded terrifying from the reports. Not to make light of the matter, but nothing’s getting past that bench.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 05:20 AM

Thanks Al – the bench seemed like the right place to hide….........


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 05:32 AM

Glad you are OK.

Life is great. There are important other things. But we still need our small world.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 12:40 PM

Glad that you are allright. Great looking bench..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 01:29 PM

Jeff I am glad to see you and your cats are ok. We have had 60+ of then down here in the last month. Two of them were f5. This is the worst season I can remember. I have in my short life been in 3, an dont much care fore it. Oh the bench looks great;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 01:52 PM

Hey Jeff,
Glad you are OK. This is just crazy. Scary stuff. I grew up in Minnesota and remember joyfully driving to find a tornado. This seems just different.

The bench top is looking fantastic.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 03:09 PM

Nicely finished and just in time by the looks of it. Bench top is looking good. Glad you escaped the twister.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 04:34 PM

First things first, I am glad you escaped the twister. I had one, a small one, dancing in the bayou behind my house the same year as Ike, it destroyed the fence I had just finished putting up a week earlier… no injuries to anyone though… So I know how scary they can be. And we don’t have basements here!

Secondly, and far less important, good work on that bench top. That is looking really nice…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#12 posted 05-25-2011 10:39 PM

Jeff – Ditto on knowing what’s truly important and being properly thankful. Fabulous benchtop, I really like what you’ve done. How do you like the ‘new’ SW low angle jack plane? Is the tote as painful to use as it looks?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 05-26-2011 01:32 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Dave – agree that the twister thing is off the charts this year – seems to be every day on the news, yesterday and today are certainly no exception.

Today at work we started a Salvation Army Food/Cash drive…....all good.

Steve – why would you leave Minnesota – we went from massive snow/rain season to rain/tornado season and now the mosquitos are out as well! You’re missing out bud…....

dbhost – with all the twisters and no basement, better clear out a spot under the bench…..just in case….

Smitty – the tote seemed ok to me…..never actually thought about it actually, but I will be considering it on the next run…..will update later…..



-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 05-26-2011 04:10 AM

Glad that you and your home made it through the storm. Looks like your going to have a nice bench. One thing I need to build.

-- Chuck

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#15 posted 05-26-2011 04:03 PM

I can see by the pictures that you have found a use for some of that extra alum that you had laying around (helps to keep things flat).

Keep your head down, the season isn’t over yet…..................


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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