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Woodworking projects under way. #28: I just ordered a plan I have wanted to work my whole life....

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Growing up, in our house, we had a Cobbler’s bench that my dad built from plans he got somewhere in the late 50s or early 60s. I was rather upset when the bench was damaged when my dad moved, and he discarded it. The construction was done using construction grade dimensional pine that he had aged in his basement shop.

I have been aging plenty of 2×4s and 2×8s in my shop that I should be able to knock together one of these if only I had the plans….

Well lo and behold Ebay to the rescue! The old plans were listed on Ebay for a song of a price, I was able to get it at the buy it now price of basically a current woodworking magazine. I can’t complain there!

I know I need to make a couple of copies, not of the plans, but of the bench. I have 2 older brothers that would LOVE to have one of these in their homes…

The problem is shipping. One brother lives in Oklahoma. I can carry the bench to him in my truck, but the other, lives in Oregon… A bit of a drive, and I just don’t get a month off at a time to deliver furniture to family…

Not sure how to get it to him…

Anyway, super excited about this fine, and chomping at the bit to start the build… I can’t wait to show my Dad the finished product!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 03:16 AM

Hey sounds like you have something positive for your shop.

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 03:18 AM

Congrats on finding just the right plan. Would it be practical to ship the milled and cut pieces as a flat kit, for assembly at the destination?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 02:44 PM

Did a quick search of LJ’s. HorizontalMike made a modified version:

Cobbler Bench

You should check out the shipping costs, it might not be as bad as you think. It would be cheaper than the gas to drive back and forth.

In any case, they look like neat pieces of furniture for a home with compatible décor.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 04-28-2016 04:06 AM



Did a quick search of LJ s. HorizontalMike made a modified version:

Cobbler Bench

You should check out the shipping costs, it might not be as bad as you think. It would be cheaper than the gas to drive back and forth.

In any case, they look like neat pieces of furniture for a home with compatible décor.

- Jim Bertelson

True, but then i don’t get the excuse to go see family in the Pacific Northwest…

Mikes is somewhat similar but quite different too. The seat end on his is only cut out on one side, the compartment box on his is different. The one I want to make has a series of small drawers, and a recess that my Dad lined his with a copper box that mom planted flowers in….

FWIW, my whole point is to make it as close to the one my Dad made as possible. Sort of a tribute project…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 04-28-2016 02:05 PM

Sounds enjoyable, even if you only make one. By making a replica, and having the plans, you eliminate a lot of decision making and guesswork. There is a certain inherent honesty and intangible value to a project such as that.

The only piece of furniture my Dad ever made was an oak bookcase, as far as I am aware. It went up in flames when my brother’s house burnt down. It was basically arts and crafts, quarter sawn oak. As I recall, he made it in high school shops class, and that would be before 1920. I remember dragging it to college with me. No pictures of it exist, as far as I know, and my memory is a little fuzzy about it.

My brother’s house/cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota burned from an electrical fire. Probably old bad wiring. Cabins can be built to lower standards, and tend to be DIY projects. He ran an electric heater a lot. Fortunately, no one was home and no one was hurt.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 07:32 PM

Yeah, it’s odd. LOTS of my Dads projects are anything but my style. He tended toward a lot of colonial type pieces, very Norm Abram, and I lean much more mission / southwestern / rustic… But there always was, and still is something special about that cobblers bench that to this day intrigues me…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 05-06-2016 01:50 PM

Well, here’s hoping you get the shop, and you, up in working order and can crank out a cobbler’s bench. I have been plagued with DIY projects here in La Conner, with yesterday spent cleaning up a shower stall of its old caulk. I did make a stool to sit on part way through the day, and that saved the project. Without that stool there was no way for me to work next to the floor for an extended period of time.

Well, off to finish the job….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 05-06-2016 02:54 PM

Well, I have some headway to report on both regards. My wife talked me into getting a Fitbit a little over a month ago, and I have been using it and the MyFitness pal application regularly since. In that time, I have been able to much more closely keep track and motivated on my workouts, and watching my diet closer. If anything I am eating substantially under my calorie goal each day, but I digress…

In the time I have been using this I am down 8lbs, and am sleeping better as it gives me visible data to help win the “stop cleaning the house and go to bed” conversations with my wife… Sleep has been an issue for us since we were dating.

The shop is coming along nicely. I have a couple of “State Park” signs to make for some RV crazy friends of mine and I can put that stuff up, and the Hardie panel stuff is getting out of the shop this weekend… LOTS of work to do, but I am getting there…

For the bench, I have decided I want to use kiln dried 2×10 stock, which I can source up in Houston no problem. I found modern equivalents to the 1960s furniture trim my Dad used, and have decided I am going to use Minwax Golden Pecan stain over the pine because…. Well because I like the look… I need to fine tune the resawing sled as I know there is a call for a LOT of 1/2” thick stock…

I am going to set up some SJCam’s and put on a lavalier mic as I work the bench project for my Youtube channel, post the videos up as a series showing progress…. Hey if Steve In Marin and Stump Nubs can do it why not me right?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 05-07-2016 04:51 PM

I got the shower stall recaulked…........and it looks a lot better.

Sounds like tech is helping get your weight under control. I wear a Withings band that I got for a gift a while back. I haven’t been very serious about exercise yet in retirement, but at least I will have a baseline.

We had some kitchen cabinets with a color similar to the golden pecan, but not exact. Many of them are now in my shop here in La Conner. They were fairly attractive, but were casualties of the remodel, and I rescued some for the shop. We now have natural cherry cabinets. They seem to be darkening by the minute. It’s an interesting process.

I have a bandsaw here in La Conner, but the riser kit hasn’t been installed yet. I do have the resaw fence installed, however. I want to order the right blade for it before installation of the kit. I have a Woodslicer in Anchorage that works well, so I will get the same for here.

I’d like to see your project in process, so you have at least one guaranteed viewer….........(-:

Like I said before, this sounds like a fun project, with a special meaning to you, besides.

We go back to Anchorage on Monday…......and I would rather stay here, to be honest. We are just getting the place up and running well. But were are not prepared to be here for over a few weeks, so off we go again.

I sometimes get behind on email and LJ’s as we approach travel time, so my replies may get delayed.

Later…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 03:21 PM

Been swamped at work, and working on my vlogging. I am prepping about a dozen episodes getting ready to release them so I can have a steady stream of video to put out…

Been clearing out the middle bedroom getting it ready for paint and flooring, and I can move the network infrastructure and office / studio in there. But until then, all A.V. work has to take place out of my office / studio. Ugh…

I got clobbered by a power spike about a week and a half ago that took out the Energy Smart control for my water heater. NOBODY in Houston had it, I had to order from Sears Parts and they took their sweet time getting it to me. I got it installed last night. I found out that the breaker labelled water heater has nothing to do with the water heater, so I simplified the task and simply threw the main and worked by flashlight.

I need to trace back my circuits and correct the labelling in my main box… My electrician simply labelled breakers the way they were in the original panel, which isn’t right…

Shop is getting cleaner, but my portable AC is acting like the bearing in the motor is going bad… Need to rip it apart and check / repair as necessary… The crazy 20” rims that the Malibu had when we bought it are loaded in the trunk and heading to my brother in laws shop this weekend. The Hardi Panel is getting pulled out and installed in the back of the house. As soon as my back can handle it. Long story, not getting a lot better, but it IS better, just not right… Chiropractor helps, but massage therapy helps more.

I am going to set up one of the GoPros in the shop and put on the mic and start doing some shooting in there once the shop isn’t quite so dangerous… I have to reogranize my lumber racks though… I also need to find kiln dried dimensional lumber. I mean truly dried not the lip service that Lowes or Home Depot give us. I want non treated 2×10s to do the cobblers bench. Really need 1 16’ kiln dried 2×10 in SYP.

I found the hardware for the project. Amerock makes a similar style to the original, the hing area on the newer version is beefier, should actually be an improvement. I remember the ones my dad used cracked at the hinge. He brazed them back together but that is something I would like to avoid…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 03:43 PM

I have an original saddlers bench that I bought when I was a teenager. It was an antique way back then, the 1960’s. I cherish it. I’m sure that the loss of any sort of antique of this nature would not be a good day. However, it sounds like it will be a rewarding project and I hope that you will post the details in a blog.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 06-06-2016 02:35 PM

Sorry it is taking so long. Things (life) isn’t presently cooperating with my plans… Will post up in a different thread about that…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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