Hand tool workbench #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by brianl posted 10-24-2010 08:30 PM 11171 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Due to a change of circumstances in my life, I recently moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Boston, Massachusetts. In the process I lost my garage workshop and gained a very small room in a dingy basement. Due the the space and noise constraints I have decided to try my luck with hand tools instead of the power tools I have relied on in the past.

Since my bench was left in Tennessee, I decided that the first thing I needed to build a new workbench. One that was sturdy, solid, hand made, able to take any abuse I want to inflict upon it, and yet be able to be disassembled and moved to a new residence at some point. So, I started digging around and found this popular woodworking article about building a $175 work bench ( I liked the design and I decided to give it a shot. This blog series will be the story of the workbench as it comes together with only hand tools.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the article-specified Southern Yellow Pine in Boston, so I went with Douglas Fir instead. I have never done much work with hand tools before so I wanted something soft and easy to work with.

Next up, making the end assemblies…

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 08:42 PM

When life gives you lemons.. make lemonaide! Glad to see you are building a new work bench… Sawdust makes everything better. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 09:35 PM

Sounds like you is off to a good start, I am sorry to hear you lost your shop.

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 03:19 AM

Can’t wait to see the progress. I will be following with great interest!

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