Shop Remodel #8: It's Monday, Back to the Ole Grind.

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-01-2015 12:41 AM 1156 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s Monday and it’s back to the ole grind I go. This is another blog in my ongoing series to remodel my shop and make a saw till, drill press cabinet, tool cabinet, plane till and workbench. I have been woodworking for 16+ years and have always done my work in dark, dusty caves on anything that would resemble a bench. I have finally decided to spoil myself and go hog wild doing it. I wanted to bring you all along as I made these pieces as it will be a very epic build. I have begun the build by remodeling the shop a little to have a nice backdrop wall to place all the pieces on.

I then picked the saw till to begin with and it has gone well so far.

So today I worked on the face frame of the saw till. I cut it up a bit and removed a lot of wood with my grinder. The rest will be carved by hand, but the grinder does a great job of removing the wood easily to get started.

I routed the drawer opening with a flush trim bit and it rounded the corners over so I did the same to the drawer.

I marked out ruffly the shape I wanted and went to town grinding.

Here it is today’s progress, it looks great. It has a lot of carving to finish it up, but it looks like it will turn out nicely.

I mixed it up and didn’t match the drawing exactly because I thought all the pieces needed to go together a bit more. The tool cabinet is the focal point of the build so I made it go with that style.
Thanks for stopping by.

-- Brian Noel

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 02:21 AM

That’s very cool. Good progress so far.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 03:04 AM

Really cool and out standing work.
You were really throwing some saw dust around.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 03:12 AM

Fantastic work! I have been building my shop, am at the point of making stands and cabinets, etc. You inspire me to go beyond the 2×4 and plywood thoughts I have been having!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 10:14 AM

I agree with all of the above! Very cool!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 11:01 AM

Awesome work!

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 05:33 PM

Oh man, Brian! I’ll limit myself to 4 comments of the many things that standout to me

1 – The braided rope is awesome.
2 – Your Table saw insert is hilarious
3 – You said you put a coat of finish on your till in the last blog, are you gluing the frame to the till, or nailing? Can you glue after you’ve put finish on?
4 – The angle grinder carving is awesome, what cutter do you use?

5 – I know I said only 4, but I’m really pumped about this build, I think you’re doing something pretty remarkable here.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 07:01 PM

ive been watching your stuff from the beginning and i expect no less in your cabinets and benches always incredible bro you deserve too spoil yourself keep it coming you always inspire me thanks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 08:53 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 09:42 PM

That’s very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 12-02-2015 12:49 AM

Hey thanks guys,
O.K. ToddJB let’s take this one at a time.
1. Thanks for the compliment, I like the rope design and there will be more incorporated in each piece with barley twist legs on the bench, which I think is a first. I haven’t seen another workbench with legs like that, especially with a leg vise attached which is going to be tricky.
2. Flames rock ;)
3. The face frame is getting dowel pinned onto the case. I lightly plane the face of the case before I glue it on, the finish just helps to make the cleanup a lot easier when I attach it.
4. I use a series of carbide donut type. You can get them from klingspores and highland woodworking.
5. Thank you again, I think I am on to something as well. Let’s see what happens. New post coming up tonight.

-- Brian Noel

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#11 posted 12-02-2015 01:17 AM

Not surprising Brian. I’ve really appreciated your other work tremendously. Why wouldn’t you want some of that art around you while you’re working? Bravo! Oh, very much looking forward to seeing the bench build :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#12 posted 12-02-2015 01:40 AM

Dangit that’s cool. I love the dimension to your face frame carving.

-- -Dan

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#13 posted 12-02-2015 01:57 PM

This is great stuff! I am looking forward to the next update.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#14 posted 12-28-2015 02:46 AM

HOLY SMOKES! That is one sweet looking design. Breaking the mold for sure.

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