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The Quest for a Better Bench #8: The end - for real this time... I think...

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Blog entry by PlanBWoodworks posted 11-19-2017 08:05 AM 1207 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the previous entries of this blog series, you have, if you have punished yourself by reading all of them, been taken through the inspiration and design, the material selection and the construction of my new work bench. Then, you were dragged along as I constructed a tool cabinet underneath the bench top. God bless you for your patience.

I was very happy with the look of the bench and my new drawers. Unfortunately, it became clear to me that my aesthetically pleasing new bench was butted up against a dingy wall adorned with shop fixtures that, while functional, were ugly. For example:

The first thing that I did was to take everything off the wall. Then, I hung a couple of pieces of 3’4” birch plywood, sanded it to 220 and finished it with boiled linseed oil. All of the stuff that was on my sanding storage station had already found new homes in the drawers in the workbench. I definitely had to do something about my drill station. I wanted something that looked good. Here is what I came up with:

Again, made from birch ply and finished with BLO, I banded the edges with walnut. After that, it was just deciding what I wanted on the wall, and building holders for everything. Here is the finished result.

I will say that I am thrilled with the final result, and honestly, very ready to move on to something different.

Thanks for reading (and bearing with me…)!

-- Hardwoods shouldn't be so expensive. Unlike money, hardwoods literally grow on trees!!!



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glideking

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#1 posted 11-19-2017 05:05 PM

That is great. I am motivated to organize my workspace.

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htl

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 03:39 AM

Now that’s down right petty but it’s way to clean. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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