My father was always very supportive of whatever I did. He was always amazed to see things I had made and liked to tell people about his daughter the woodworker. His workbench sat in the basement of the home my mother still lives in for many, many years. While he wasn’t a woodworker, he sure did tinker a lot with appliances, household things, toys and cars. He used the bench as a place to glue, solder and fix many different items. Since my mother had no need for the bench, she ...
Ok. It’s time to place the Workmate aside and build a real bench. Don’t get me wrong, the Workmate served me well these few years, and it still has its place (wrapping newspaper comes to mind). Time to build a real bench. I’ve done the research, read the Schwarz, and even helped a friend build his bench. It’s my time! So I went to the Woodworking in America show in Valley Forge PA last October and as luck would have it, there was a company offering kiln dried Ash 12...
Found a great Craigslist deal on a ShopSmith workbench for $250.00. I needed a quality bench and could not build one for this price considering the price of wood and vice hardware. It measures 6’x2’x33” tall. It has a face vice and a wagon type tail vice. This is a very solid bench with a 2 1/2”-3”thick top. Sellers uncle purchased from Scott Phillips of the PBS show American Woodshop when ShopSmith stopped sponsoring the show.
So it’s finally happened! Of course, the day before i read that the Schwarz is coming out with another workbench book, this one more hand-tool-apartment-dweller-friendly, but no matter :-/.The lumber has been ordered and picked up. I know it’s premature to thank ppl for helping me build a workbench when all i have is a pile of lumber, so for now, i suppose i would like to mention that there are two people without whom i could not have a pile of lumber that is hopefully soon to be ...
i have been working on this or about a month. i got the plan from plansnow. it is made from ash. new photos from an almost complete top!
Let’s see, I haven’t really written any blog posts lately because I have been bogged down with work and grad school part deux. However, since I spend almost every waking minute not spent on those other things thinking about my workbench project as well as many countless hours on the CAD system, I thought it might be time to update some of my thinking on the design features I am thinking about as well as mention something I thought was really cool. Internet is cool moment #1. ...
Last Thanksgiving, I built a nice, sturdy little bench for me to work on while I set up my workshop. It’s now time to build a real, heavy-duty, woodworking bench that I can use to hold my pieces while I plane, etc. I’m a novice. The desire to learn is there, and the patience to do things over (well…most of the time). I learn from my mistakes very well! I just keep finding new ones to make :) So I sat down and read every internet article, forum post, magazine article...
The decision to go RouboAfter my initial research, I like many woodworkers, fell in love with the roubo. My old benches were designed to be portable or were made from old desks. They never stood still. Planning, even chiselling would cause them to move about. There’s something rather solid about having 5”x5” legs. SizeOriginally, I thought I could do most of my work on a 3’x3’ bench. All my heavy chopping/sawing on a solid base and use work horses to support l...
Have you ever started a project, given yourself a budget and a time frame… and then well… you go over budget… and you need that new tool… oh and you got busy, or had to redo something… and well… If you haven’t; welcome to woodworking. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your first project and many more to come. At the start of 2009 I decided I wanted to build a new workbench. I was taking on a new job so I decided 12 months would be a good time fr...
Finally getting past ideas and starting to work on what I want to do with my garage/shop. I’ve been looking for ideas and drawing stuff up, trying to decide what I wanted and where to start. I couldn’t really decide where to start so I spent last night building face frames for 4 of the cabinets (router table, workbench, scroll saw & bandsaw bench, & a mobile stand for benchtop tools). Frames are done and now to start cutting sheet goods. I clamped the 3 frames for the r...
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