Workbench #1: Forraging for building materials

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Blog entry by KellyS posted 08-18-2009 06:59 PM 1016 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’ve decided it is time for me to build my first workbench. I’ve recently gotten into hand planes and have been needing a good workbench for some time. I currently have the old steel crating that my tablesaw came in with a 2” chunk of pine for a top. Not trying to be disrespectful, but I look like someone on drugs swimming the 300 meter freestyle medly when I try to plane something. One foot on the base, one on the plane and one trying to keep the piece from sliding around. Needless to say, it isn’t working. So…I’ve decided that I will start blogging my progress on my table. Hopefully this will be fun.

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 07:16 PM

sounds like a good start, and definitely sounds like you have the need for it. there’s nothing like a workbench that works WITH you except for a workbench that works with you that YOU built

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-18-2009 07:35 PM

The visual in my mind of your description is priceless. Good start. Just ‘deciding’ you need one is the best first step. Making furniture is great but making the stuff that makes the craft go more smoothly is just a real pleasure. Enjoy

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 01:39 AM

Bring it on Kelly look forward to more.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 03:55 AM

Kelly welcome to the dark side of hand tool and bench building. I feel your pain but this site has the best support group on the planet. Good luck with your bench and hand plane affliction LOL…Blkcherry

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