Heavily modified Paul Sellers workbench #5: Ch Changes, turn and face the VISE

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Blog entry by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) aka. Lucas Crenshaw posted 210 days ago 1539 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Soooo, it’s been a while. There’s been a lot going on and I haven’t found a lot of time for woodworking. I’ve worked on a few small things here and there, but nothing major. I’ve recently gotten back into woodcarving and have been enjoying dreaming up projects and learning new techniques.

I got out to the shop one day a couple months back and decided I wanted to shorten my bench and put the vise closer to the end. At first I tried to do it with a skill saw and a guide. I got in a rush and the two and a half inch thick oak proved to be too much for the saw. I decided to try and hand cut it the way I had originally and wound up cutting the wrong mark.


In the end, I broke the whole thing down and hauled it out to my friend William’s. I made some better marked cuts and widened the tool tray opening. I managed to get out this morning and rework the new leg dadoes. Altogether I think it’s going to work a bit better for me.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#1 posted 210 days ago

Hey Lucas….glad it worked out for ya…...the best laid plans are usually questioned once put to use…...

Nice looking bench….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 210 days ago

Glad the bench worked out. Woulda sucked if it didn’t. Now go carve up some lawn gnomes :-P

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#3 posted 210 days ago

Does Paul know that you messed with his bench?
& why did you make William an accomplice in this theft and vandalism???

Glad you were able to recoup from the oops….
Looking forward to seeing some carvings!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 210 days ago

The bench looks really great. Did you try using your Skillsaw starting with shallow cuts and increasing the depth after each pass? I sometimes have to do that with my underpowered (1hp) tablesaw.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 210 days ago

Wow, your shop has air conditioning. I need that…

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#6 posted 210 days ago

Glad it worked out for you.
You know you’re welcome to come over anytime you need to get things done in the big shop, or just to shoot the breeze.
Remind me next time you’re here to tell you the Hollywood people story.


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#7 posted 210 days ago

I think it looks great Lucas. Nice job.

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

#8 posted 210 days ago

Mike, I got in a rush and went full tilt with the skillsaw, which is wayyyyyyy too underpowered for cutting oak slabs.

Yeah Stumpy, I have A/C, it’s one of the benefits of having a 12’x16’ shop, cheap to cool.

Thanks for the comments guys.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#9 posted 209 days ago

I just watched Paul’s workbench videos and wondered how a vise would work on that style of bench. Your photos have been really informative, thank you!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 207 days ago

Looks like a great functional bench. There is a lot to be said for the English style bench.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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