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Blog series by Tugboater78 updated 08-29-2013 05:49 AM 6 parts 7256 reads 40 comments total

Part 1: beginning the process

07-01-2013 06:47 PM by Tugboater78 | 15 comments »

I have been wanting/needing a solid workbench to use for hand tool work. Been trolling the site for almost 2 years now soaking in the needed information and ideas from many of the skilled members and i think i have an idea. I am still not for sure of exact dimensions or style i want. I am leaning towards a Nicholson/Sellers bench with a twin screw vice. I really like this one here. Roughly 7 foot length, 30 inches wide, ~35 inches in height ( 35 seems to be a comfortable height for me f...

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Part 2: starting some planing

07-02-2013 09:05 PM by Tugboater78 | 7 comments »

Started planing down some of the boards for the top. They will be two ~12” wide sections with an ~ 6” gap/well board between. I am leaning towards having the center section removeable, flipped one way it will be level with the other 2 sections, flipped upside down it will sit lower. All ideas are still not set in stone except the 2 sections. One problem i foresee is my lack of good clamps, wish I had the cash for a couple cabinet masters. I may go run the BigBlueBox card up a ...

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Part 3: and some more planing, and choosing orientation

07-04-2013 04:56 AM by Tugboater78 | 12 comments »

short lil bitty, just more planing and trying to figure up glueup. Mainly just a few pics, didn’t take many, phone weighed too much.. initial setup, i moved some around later and liked it betterI had them clamped together to be able to lift the slab and judge some weight..gonna be nice and heavy. Wards Master #6 took a 6.5’ full width shaving for me and had to catch the moment :0 I like where i have them aligned at this point, though i still gotta tweek the gl...

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Part 4: a bench to build a bench

07-08-2013 03:06 AM by Tugboater78 | 1 comment »

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 su...

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Part 5: no real progress still...

08-12-2013 03:34 AM by Tugboater78 | 5 comments »

time, weather, work, other projects, overwhelmed by the dimensioning by hand, who knows the real reason but really haven’t made much progress. Today i used my newly acquired table saw to get things a little closer in size, and my new “outfeed” table to see if it could take it, and it did it like a champ, did have some burning here and there though, due to user error im sure. I mentioned before, the bench will be 2 ~12 inch slabs for the top. It will have a 2BDetermined...

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Part 6: Musing while at work

08-29-2013 05:49 AM by Tugboater78 | 0 comments »

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 24-30̶...

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