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Blog series by curliejones updated 03-28-2015 12:58 PM 5 parts 11086 reads 35 comments total

Part 1: Solid core door topping the bench

10-05-2012 11:46 AM by curliejones | 7 comments »

Greetings, fellow LJs. I have a puzzle that needs a solution. I built a workbench that I particularly want to roll into place for TS outfeed. I hope to soon delineate the steps taken and justify decisions to help the next guy not do so much planning. The “opportunity” before me goes like this: I have a very nice solid core door for the workbench top and a piece of hardboard for the sacrificial top. After reading the “two-sided tape” tip several times, I bought a roll. ...

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Part 2: Table knife marking tool

06-20-2013 01:50 PM by curliejones | 3 comments »

I have most of the desirable properties built into this marking tool. Spear point, beveld only on one side, sharp (for now), easy to reach into dovetails, and somewhat comfortable. I picked this knife up yesterday at a resale store for a quarter and found the conversion much easier and faster than I expected. I began with a very thin bladed stainless table knife that has just a little flex to it. The thicker blades were certainly more prevalent in the array of knives at the store. I cut the...

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Part 3: Shop made tools - saddle square?

07-25-2013 11:02 AM by curliejones | 1 comment »

OK so I just learned a little while ago that a saddle square exists and is sold. Please register your opinion on why some folks buy a “saddle square” instead of joining two pieces of scrap together at a 90, let’s just say 1/2” thick, 1-1/2” wide, and then cut to a 2” length with your table saw? A quick check on the back side of the board with your try square would tell you if it is holding a true 90, would it not?

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Part 4: Electrical outlets

12-11-2013 02:39 PM by curliejones | 15 comments »

Ah the winter doldrums in Louisiana. Too wet to dig footings so I’m trying to nail down some electrical details. I’d treasure some advice on the following – I plan to run a couple of 220V circuits for future growth while I’m wiring the shop even though I have no tools or utilities requiring that now. The new shop will be designed such that part or all can be insulated and heated/cooled other than naturally. One bit of advice I came across was to place four-plex boxes a...

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Part 5: Workbench layers

03-28-2015 12:58 PM by curliejones | 9 comments »

Greetings, LJs!I’d like to know what sort of success folks may have had making a workbench top as follows: I have a solid core flush door that I want to layer up with plywood. This will be my first woodworking bench for hand tools so my “method” or style is not defined yet. Therefore, I’m not ready to invest in the 3” maple top. I’m just looking to use what I have to get a start so I can feel my way around it. I already have a large Wilton vise that I boug...

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