My Workbench #1: I made a choice

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Blog entry by Prisirie posted 03-03-2010 04:51 PM 1044 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well since, I am new to this I figured that after having bought some tools the next thing for me to do is make a workbench. We have a small cabin/storage room on the yard which is filled with all kind of junk (forgatton gold). Barbeque set, old furniture, tools, all types of garden chemicals, old oil cans, concrete blocks, empty beer bottles, etc.

It’s about 5 by 3 meters, about 50 squared feet. I figure it’s more then enough for me. (for now)
Still I find it’s going to be kind of cramp and I need to be able to put my tools somewhere where they won’t take up much space. So taking this into account I surfed the web looking for worktable plans and I found one that suites me well.
The name says it “The best workbench in town. I can put my tools in it and I can move it I I ever need to.

-- Robert, Paramaribo-Suriname

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 05:02 PM

Ok so yesterday I started planning what kind of wood I should use.
So I figure I need some stable wood for the inside parts and choose what we here in Suriname call “Grove Olo”

I tried looking up it’s scientific name but, found no mention of it. Maybe I am just spelling it incorrect cause this name is the popular name for it around these parts of the world.
The construction guys use it alot to make the molds used to poure concrete. It’s cheap and pretty resistant.

For the front part and cabinet doors I choose Prityari (Fagara pentandra)
I made a few pictures of it.

The grove Olo I got for free from a friend whose in the construciuton industrie and the Prityari I bought for about USd7.59 per meter. The guy was so impressed by the fact that I am trieng to work wood, (something uncommen here) as a hobby he gave me an extra meter.

-- Robert, Paramaribo-Suriname

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 05:22 PM

sounds like a good start!

as for the naming of the lumber, if you can post a picture of what it looks like, maybe someone here might be able to recognize it.

looking forward to seeing some progress.

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

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 05:30 PM

I really like the plans for that bench, I wish everyones plans were so well organized!!

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 09:14 PM

Here are the pictures of the wood.

First up, Prityari.

Grove Olo. As I said it’s used wood. So it kind of lost it’s natural color but, the last pic still has some of it.
Grove Olo

-- Robert, Paramaribo-Suriname

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 09:33 PM

Really like that work bench . You can even use Niki-clamps on it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 03:45 AM

Who is Niki?

-- Robert, Paramaribo-Suriname

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