Shop Remodel #42: Finally the Finale

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 02-05-2016 07:32 PM 1031 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 41: I Got Chopped Part 42 of Shop Remodel series Part 43: Video Killed the Blog Star »

I would like to thank everyone for reading along as I spoil myself with this amazing remodel. It is such a huge difference for me, I am not sure it will really sink in until I have made three or four projects there. It has been a pleasure to have you all follow along and cheer me on. You have been an amazing bunch of people to chat with and get to know. So thanks a million.
This will be my last blog for some time as I need to concentrate on orders and getting my world put back together. I have been focused on this almost obsessively, getting up at 4am and working until I can’t hold my arms up some days. I look forward to slowing down a bit. It was hard to steal away the time it took to make these things, but I am sure twenty years from now I will be glad I did it.

I said I was going to explain the doohickey that was hiding under the bench the other day, it was my saw vise. I made it last year when I made my wood-backed hand saws.

It is about time for me to use it again to sharpen my stuff. That maple was a murderer.

So today I made the deadman.

I worked it to the shape it needed to be, then I pulled out my curve maker. Move over Katniss Everdeen.

In my original drawing I made the front of the deadman maple, but that was switched to walnut as I had a piece of maple that looked nice for that spot.

So here it is finished.

So that’s all folks. I lived thru it. I will be working to put tool holders in the cabinet as I go along, I didn’t want to hurry them up and not make them high quality. I will also put the inlay in the front of the bench when I can. Later this fall when I can get back to it I will start on the plane till. I will add to the blog then, but for now I am going to bid you all farewell.
Thanks again, you are the best!
Take care and have fun woodworking!

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 07:38 PM

Nice work on getting it finished up on your schedule Brian. It looks beautiful. Starting on mine next? ;)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 08:13 PM

Stellar project and blog! I have enjoyed the journey. Thanks for taking us along!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 08:52 PM

Thanks for the show!!! Great work!

-- Putty

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 09:24 PM

Wow , I would just about be afraid to use that work bench for fear of getting it messed up. Very Nice work it .

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 09:42 PM

Now that is some super shop remodel! I’ve certainly enjoyed the trek through this blog. I’m so happy you have what you’ve dreamed for , for so long. Now you can get to work and get dust and shavings all over as you earn its cost.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 10:01 PM

brian say it aint so.i guess all good things must come to an end and you do need to make a living but even though you cant blog for awhile I hope you will still find time to post your builds looking forward for whats to come thanks buddy.

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

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 10:08 PM

Spectacular job on these. Hopefully, it will inspire you when you are out there putting these things to use.

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 10:50 PM

Wow. That is the most impressive shop furniture i have ewer seen.
Have enjoyed reading along a lot!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 02-05-2016 11:15 PM

Very nicely done.
Your table gives me the feel of a pirate ship captain’s cabin. lol

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

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#10 posted 02-05-2016 11:21 PM

You been playing with the French curves, I think I would use the work bench for a dinning room table. Very amazing, will have to go back and check out some of your other posts

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 02-06-2016 12:36 AM

Nice work on getting it finished up on your schedule Brian. It looks beautiful. Starting on mine next? ;)

- builtinbkyn

Hopefully I set the bar high, but I know you can top it! ;) I look forward to seeing what you come up with. You have my dream shop. Love the brick and the windows.

-- Brian Noel

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#12 posted 02-06-2016 06:48 AM

Absolutely Stunning! What a beautiful display of your craftsmanship. As I’ve said before, you never cease to amaze!

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#13 posted 02-06-2016 01:06 PM

Wonderful pieces. Congratulations on some awesome and inspiring work. Now you can enjoy your time off filling orders :)


-- --Zach

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#14 posted 02-06-2016 06:07 PM

No fair making us jealous!
Really amazing work, top notch to be sure.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 05:40 PM

Very nice work, and very good read. I’ve enjoyed reading along, and watching the amazing work unfold. It’s like a TV show, I can’t wait, and really hope for a second season.

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