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Blog entry by Trimble posted 12-14-2010 11:19 PM 1539 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow, I guess I forgot this site was here. How did that happen?

Probably because I’ve been exploring SO MANY different woodworking sites that I have too many now to look at. Wow, you can learn soooo much on the net these days about any topic you want, including woodworking. There literally doesn’t seem to be a limit to what you can read about online… though, I’m starting to discover that some of the stuff that costs money is the stuff I really want to see (books, dvd’s, premium FWW stuff, etc).

Anyway, what I’ve been up to lately… Well, I’m building a cheap workbench. Yeah, it’s not a “woodworkers workbench” quite yet, as I don’t have the money to buy the right wood, the clamps to make a real top, or vices to install into a real bench, but I find it will probably help to have this starter junk bench upon which to craft my next bench 2.0 which will be a real woodworkers bench. It would be nice to get a copy of Chris Schwarz’ workbench books. heh heh.

My bench so far is just simple 2×4’s and some plywood sheets that I found on the side of the road. Someone was throwing away an old entertainment center, and I picked it up, took it apart, and have some nice long 90”+ sheets to play with, so I figure gluing the two 3/4” sheets together will give me 1 1/2” of benchtop to play with. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the folding card table that I’ve been using (blech!)

Here’s another update. I’ve aquired a few more tools. I previously blogged about my antique craftsman jointer, but I now also have a planer, a tiny bandsaw, and a nice miter saw(came with a stand). So, I really feel like I have the beginning of a workshop to play in… now I just need to get my hands on some actual wood to cut :)

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 11:43 PM

Go to your local library adn get the Workbench book. It’s not the sort of thing you need to have sitting next to you while you build. Even if you decide to build something directly out of the book, you can Xerox the pages you need for reference.

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 11:50 PM

In my opinion, those who have little to work with are the ones who develop the most talent. Keep an eye out for scrap wood or things made of wood that you can recycle the wood from.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 05:34 AM

It seems my local libraries don’t carry Chris’s books. My wife already checked for me, and I checked online. Drat. Google Books (their new ebooks thing) has it in digital form for $16, which is significantly less than hardcover, so I might get that.

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 05:40 AM

I suppose I should be fair and clarify that I do have some wood. It’s just not really good wood.

I found several pallets on the side of the road, and I grabbed those. I had to cut the best parts of wood out of them, due to the sheer number of nails used to make them, so I have several dozen little boards, each about 16 inches long. I also found a section of wooden fence that was thrown away that I still haven’t dismantled. It has some pretty strong nails too.

I have a wood bin that I’ve been collecting little bits into for a few months now. and it’s gotten pretty full too, but again, mostly odd shapes and short lengths. Nothing I could really use for a glueup or anything really fun. I want to build a storage cabinet to hang on the wall over my new bench, but none of the boards I have are long enough to glue into a proper length panel.

And I’m guessing gluing end-to-end is probably not really going to be a good idea…

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