Alright so here is the workbench that I bought at a estate sale on Friday but just picked up Yesterday. Its about 27”x68” with a quick release craftsman vise mounted on the end. So its friday morning and I’m scrambling to pull apart this workbench I just bought just to take the top with me; I’m scrambling because in about 2 hours I have to go to the rehearsal for my wedding and then host our rehearsal dinner. But while chiseling off some glue around a square headed ...
Here is a little shop update – sorry for all the edits, it was way too long so had to shorten it up a bit. Always appreciate the support and comments….........hope you enjoy: Thanks for looking. Jeff
from all the research i’ve done before starting this project, i’ve come to realize that the bowling lane sections that i received are actually quite exceptional, mostly because they are the pin setting ends. i’ve googled ‘bowling alley table’ and most of what i’ve found are tables made from the section of lane with the directional arrow inlays. and while i think these tables are still sweet looking, i’m very happy to have encountered such a unique and...
PICTURE THIS … so, just moved the very heavy lane sections down to the basement where i will be attempting my wood working. i figured i would post some photos and drawings so that everyone can see what i’m working with. just looking at these pieces renews my enthusiasm, and surprisingly, squashes my anxiety. (one of the lane sections) (detail of the pin settings) (underside of one lane sections. i think the cross braces were added prior to removal and transport of t...
Buddy of mine gave me a chunk of bowling alley earlier this year. I was going to make Something out of it, and my wife asked if I would make a rolling kitchen island to replace our kitchen table. It needed a little cleanup on the ends, and I lucked out, only barely nicking this nail with a router bit. The plan is for it to be counter height: I decided to do a decorative treatment on the ends of the rails, somewhat ‘greene and greene’ influenced, but just out o...
so After setting on the last design (see previous post in this series) I went out to disassemble the bowling alley laminated top – the purpose was to remove all the nails, so that I can drill the dog holes, and also laminate it in a double stack to give me a 4” top on the perimeter (5” in from the edges – for clamping purposes, and leg attachments). This idea turned to be disastrous. The nails are hardened steel, and twisted making the job of pulling them outridicul...
Hello folks, I figure everyone should get a bit of a chuckle out of this project. My sister recently moved into a new apartment and for whatever strange reason she had somehow acquired a six foot long piece of bowling alley. Normally I would have just pitched it in the trash, but the grain caught my eye, birdseye! Upon further inspection it was a mix of birdseye, curly maple, regular maple and white oak. So it was acquired, and quickly moved home. Upon closer inspection I notice a few t...
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