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Blog series by VTWoody updated 04-19-2008 04:26 PM 5 parts 10692 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: Initial lumber and milling

03-27-2008 02:26 AM by VTWoody | 8 comments »

Since I caught the sawdust bug, I have read many a book and blog, watched many a video and bought many a tool. I have even built some of my tools, and while I am a pretty frugal person, I like to only buy things once and do not like moving up the levels of quality for any given tool. Sometimes this is not possible, and sometimes buying something is either not the most effective, cheapest, or best way to broaden my woodworking skills. While I love working out in my shop, the workbench that ...

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Part 2: Top and Base Glue-up

03-29-2008 04:13 PM by VTWoody | 8 comments »

Okay, I think I failed to emphasize in the first post how much of a learning experience this was for me. I knew that I would learn a bunch before I started, but I definitely didn’t know how much. The more time I spend in the shop, the more I realize I do not know, and wish I could spend more time and have more room, and have more time, etc. This entry is going to be about the next stage of this process of building a workbench. At some point after I had milled up the many pieces fo...

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Part 3: Base and sundries

04-03-2008 04:19 AM by VTWoody | 12 comments »

Ok, back to blogging. The next picture is me using the top on sawhorses in its first job as a workbench. I needed a good surface to clamp the legs to in order to scrape them even with the scrapers that are on the right in the picture. Who woulda thunk that flat pieces of metal like card scrapers would be useful with just a slight burr on them? I love things like that that are low tech and do a better job then all our fancy other gidgets and gadgets. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ga...

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Part 4: Table Top and bleeding

04-06-2008 05:37 PM by VTWoody | 6 comments »

A couple of you made reference to the empty bandaid wrapper on my bench right next to my old chisels. I have my stuff set up so that I get those emails with your comments when they are made, and to be honest, I was absolutely flummoxed when I read those comments, “Bandaid? that early in the project….I don’t remember that.” I immediately went back and looked at the pictures and the dates that I had taken them and I could not for the life of me remember what I had done...

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Part 5: Aprons, Vises, and Chisels in Fingers (Sorry, no pics of the injury)

04-19-2008 04:26 PM by VTWoody | 7 comments »

Ok, I am back with another installment from my workbench experience. Today’s post talks about putting on the aprons and endcaps, the vises, and the reasons why its not so great to shove a chisel into your finger… I didn’t take as many pictures of the endcaps and the aprons as I did other parts of the project, but I can describe the process a little to make up for it. The front and back aprons were attached with a spline made from some scrap douglas fir from some other p...

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