Well it was just about a year ago that I started on this project, eventually I entered it in the Winter lumberjocks contest, some may remember it,it even got a few votes. While I was constructing the workbench I was shooting video and have about nine hours of video. This is the first of a series of nine.
I also have a website That I will be posting future episodes to, as well as here at lumberjocks. Prior to starting the bench I checked out the www. to see what kind of videos were available regarding building a heavy-duty heirloom quality woodworker’s bench and there were few, maybe none. There were plans but no actual video of actually building a bench.
I am getting to a question here so please bear with me.
My BIL who is a web master and helped build my site tells me a video needs to be short maybe ten minutes max., because peoples attention spans are short and anything after that people will just tune out. And I can’t really disagree with with him, but, I disagree with him on this point.
If you are going to use the web for entertainment or socially then short is good, but if you are using the web as a tool and you want to find out how to do something then short is not so good. And that is the niche’ that I would like to fill. I know lot’s of thing about working wood, somethings learned at great expense, other things just from doing.
So, here is the question “Do you think this kind of format will work or should I edit the videos?”
1 thru 9
These videos (one thru nine) detail the building of a heavy duty woodworking bench. The bench is often considered a watermark in a woodworker’s career, testing skills to blend form and function. All is revealed, along with my thoughts on the hows and whys I did what I did.
The captured video is in raw form, without editing, in real time. My hope is that you may see me do something while constructing the bench that might help you build yours, but might have been edited out as being unimportant. The video is not meant to be strictly instructional but more of a visit to a friend or mentor’s shop. While I make no claims of being a master woodworker, I do have 25plus years of experience being a carpenter and cabinet maker and would like to share what I have learned. The learning never ends and I am always seeking a better way to do things, join me on my journey.
That was the case with this workbench, using salvaged materials from a remodeling project is the starting point. I discuss preparing the used materials for the project and finish with using a lathe to turn some massive, yet elegant legs.
There are no drawings for the bench, I have an idea in my mind of what I want to build, and the available materials will ultimately dictate what is produced. I sometimes like to build something with materials that I have, as opposed to buying what is needed. This is fun for me, the challenge, is bringing into balance what I want to build with what I can build. Many times this kind of project causes me to be creative, pushing the boundaries and causing a great deal of thinking, which is a good thing. And if I can clean up a pile of material and build something, so much the better.
Coming soon to www.underconstructionlive.com
-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at WWW.underconstructionlive.com