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handtool workbench #6: Musing while at work

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 08-29-2013 05:49 AM 850 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While shoving a full tow of coal up the mighty Ohio river, somewhere near Augusta, Ky, the hometown of Mr. George Clooney, and only about 10 miles from home, as the crow flies, Iam trying to wrap my head around my workbench. (Long sentence huh?) 1week of 3 down only 2 more to go till i can sit in my recliner.

At this point i havent locked in the style of bench i want to build. The size is not locked in either.
I do know for sure my top will be 3” thick, somewhere between 24-30” wide and 7’ long. What i will be using for legs are 5.5-6” square, rough sawn. The height will be 35-36” tall.

I am leaning towards a twin screw front vice,but like the style of a leg vice and will mount an old 10” craftsman vice as a tail vice.

All will be reclaimed red oak. The material available makes my mind lean toward a Roubo, but i like the style of a an english/Nicholson bench. Throwin my hands up laugh out loud.

Up to this point my plan has been to get a top together then go from there. I am thinking i will end up with a Roubo in the end but still turning it all over in my head.

Most know i have been trolling around the site for some time, gathering info and ideas, but maybe it is sensory overload.

Just dumping thoughts again since i cant actually do anything in the way of progress at this time.

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



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