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I’m just an amateur but this is the “shop” when my car isn’t sitting in my half of the two car garage. I use hand tools almost exclusively, not because I think it is better but because I like it. The bench shot shows the state it typically is in. The bench is taken from Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s Apprentice book. It works pretty well, all in all, but if you look closely you’ll see the sand bag on the undercarriage that gives it some much needed weight. I have recently added the small vice. It’s not very stout, and wouldn’t work well on anything very large, but it has made life a little easier, none the less. I have a few more planes, such as a Stanley #78 Rebate plane, and some sash mortise chisels on shelves not shown in the pictures. I plan on putting in a rack system over the bench in the nearish future, or maybe a tool cabinet. It’s not all that much, but it’s all mine. :)

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 11:22 PM

Bookworm, I have always admired those woodworkers who pursue a traditional approach. Using hand tools is, in my opinion, the ultimate test of craftsmanship. You have a nice shop in which to work and, given your hand tool discipline, it looks like you have plenty of space in which to work. Bummer about the “non-essentials” (car, bike, etc) in there but they do not seem to be impairing your ability to work. I can see what you mean about the bench. It looks like a nice starter bench but you probably could use a more robust bench. Any thoughts about adding a new bench to your project list?

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Chris

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 11:34 PM

The bench looks pretty good to me, and it’s obvious from the pics that you do a lot of hand work. I guess as long as the car isn’t sitting at the bench it looks like you’ll have enough space to work. Thanks for posting and I look forward to seeing your projects!

-- Chris

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bookworm

39 posts in 1978 days


#3 posted 05-01-2009 11:38 PM

Scott,

Yes, a new bench is definitely on my list of things to build. I guess you could say it is at the top as far as desire goes, but only in the middle when you look at time, resources, and the number of “must do” projects in front of it. Space is another issue. For the available space, this one fits really well into the whole garage scheme; which was luck rather than design. I’ll probably beef up the undercarriage on this one before building a new one.

Thanks for stopping by.

Doug

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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bookworm

39 posts in 1978 days


#4 posted 05-01-2009 11:42 PM

Chris,

Thanks! My projects usually are pretty humble affairs, but I’d value your, and other’s, input on them just the same.

Cheers,

Doug

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 09:57 PM

Thanks for sharing

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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