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Workshop by David posted 04-13-2011 03:23 PM 1771 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Currently my workshop is the back third of my unfinished basement with a few of the messier tools in the garage (ie planer). It’s a work in progress, but I’m looking forward to having it all set up so I can be productive.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 03:49 PM

some pics would be nice David :)


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#2 posted 04-13-2011 04:02 PM

It’s a work in progress, although moving towards sanity at the least. Here are a couple pictures to start, the first is my workbench. It’s a 96×30x2 solid oak bench top that my grandpa had in his garage for the last 40 years, he was a medical professor at UW-Madison and when they were renovating his lab he grabbed one of the old bench tops. After sanding all the black paint off, it makes a great work surface. The base is all construction lumber with a shelf and some drawers (not pictured). Once I get the tools off of it and sand it down again I’m going to finish it, any suggestions?

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 07:43 PM

David, it looks like you are off to a pretty good start on your shop. I think that it is great you are able to use your Grandpa’s bench in your shop. I have some hand tools that my father and grandfather, who were both carpenters, used during their working careers. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to use these tools knowing that they once used them as well.

As far as a finish on your bench goes it really depends on what you are going to use it for. As an assembly table coating it with poly would provide mechanical surface protection as well as helping with glue drips. But if the bench is going to be used for planing wood then a poly surface may let the wood slide, in which case if the table were in my shop I would put boiled linseed oil on it.

Whatever you do it will end up being a nice addition to your shop when it is finished.

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

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 10:47 AM

Hey David,
Good start so far and a great looking bench…nice job.

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 05:07 PM

There have been a few updates to my workshop in the last 9 months or so… (I got engaged in that time and there went my free time until after our wedding)

I finished sanding the old finish off the bench and put on the first coat of tung oil last night. Also build a set of drawers under the bench to add weight, and more importantly storage and organization.

I’m going to put another coat of tung oil down after this one has cured, and then probably a coat of wax to resist glue drops. I purposefully only sanded it with a 60 grit belt so it will have some texture and not be too slick. I really like the burns and marks all over it, reminds me that my grandfather was at one point the same age I am. It was always his intention to turn the bench top into a workbench and he keeps asking when he can come see my workshop.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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