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handtool workbench #4: a bench to build a bench

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 07-08-2013 03:06 AM 856 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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just wanted to put something up, not much progress…

As you may notice most of my work thus far is being down outside. The last 2-3 days i have done nothing cause here in northern Kentucky all it has done is rain, almost nonstop. ?My yard turned into a swamp, and though the rain seemed to cool things down a bit, the humidity went to 100% and the temps stayed in the high 80s. Terrible weather to work in, i know this cause these are the conditions i work in at my job, and i refuse to suffer through it while I am home.

My building is/will be my shop and at the moment. It isn’t quite suitable for the current work due to being cluttered and unorganized. It is in process of being repurposed and full of garden tools and lawnmowers. I built a slapjob workbench inside so i could do some work but i hated it’s location and the hollow core door top which is good for nothing but stacking crap on.

So I remembered reading on Mattias Wandel’s site about a quick and fairly simple solid workbench he uses here, and claims it can be used for planing. I had the materials laying around so i went to town. No details about the build but i modified his design a bit. I added some height and length. His plans i believe made his 30” tall without a top, and 75” long. Mine is 34” tall and 84” in length. I thought of making it with some better joinery but settled for his dowels and some screws like he did, i added some pieces between the upper stretchers though, just butt joints glued and screwed.

the bench on the far left is the one i actually have now removed and everything sitting on it, is on this one for now. There is a light duty Bessey vice sitting in the sawdust/shavings that i have a twin for, gonna see about installing them on this bench.

it is shoved into the corner for now but will be sitting out in middle of space once i clean up the mess

i figure later on i can add some drawers below, like his, in the future..

thanks for looking

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"



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Mauricio

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 04:50 PM

That will work.

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

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