Pen Making/Whatever Bench

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 04-10-2010 07:22 PM 1865 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got the nerve up to cut The Sunset piece and turn it into drawer fronts. I sort of got a push from my garage cat who thought it was beautiful enough to throw up on. I had it laying face up and did not cover it, so I guess he can’t be all to blame. Luckily it had a protective finish coat on it, but still c’mon !

Anyway, I had this gardeners bench for a few years and it was very tall, so I cut the legs down and built drawers under the bench top. The sunset intarsia was slated to go on the front of this bench, finally did it. I have a small lathe that I picked up to see if my daughter would turn some pens, she made one so far. I have put all the pen tools and odds and ends in the drawers, this has tidied up things a bit. The never ending saga of organizing.




The drawers do pull out further, I am only giving a peek see.

And for all the observant viewers- yes on the far left is a glimpse of my unicycle ! I am multi-talented. Hehe : )

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 07:32 PM

sweet lisa !

this came out great .

does the unicycle make it easier to get around the shop ?

sounds better than a ’ hover-round ’ ( cheaper too ) !

especially when carrying a sheet of plywood (LOL) .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 07:40 PM

Lisa, that is way too nice to be in the shop. Can’t you take the bench in the house and use it for an island or something in the kitchen? The finish looks great too. I think I’ll have my neighbors cat vomit on my project to see if that helps my finish any. lol
It really does look great. Ever thought of a dresser with some drawers like this?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 07:40 PM

David you are so funny : )
Brad- appropriately enough, the finish is BLO.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 07:56 PM

Hey Lisa, that is a very handsome bench. Nice way to spruce up the shop.

I have this crazy image of you turning pens whilst on the unicycle. Yew. Stay safe!


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 07:57 PM

it deffently is a upgrade of the bench
and I like the idea of cuting pictures
up for drawerfronts it looks great

thank´s for sharing it Lisa


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#6 posted 04-10-2010 09:20 PM

It is about time…
really does make a difference having nice work benches..If you spend as much time in the shop as elsewhere why not have beauty there too..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 09:44 PM

Wow! When I saw the project posting I thought this was the size for one drawer. This is WAY better (it was preety cool before).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 09:55 PM

Finallly, someone who has treated their lathe with the ultimate work bench! Very nice a one of a kind. I could see Rockler selling these some day….... Great job and thanks for sharing!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 10:30 PM

WOW Lisa this a fantastic bench. I have this lathe and it does not deserve to have a place this nice. Great job.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 11:03 PM

Lisa, that is too nice to sit in the shop!
What a beautiful set of drawers!
This is truly a work of art.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 12:21 AM

Lisa: Who says that workshop items should be drab. When were there we like things to look nice.

I’m prowd of you taking the step and cutting it up for what it was designed to do.

If you wan’t another one for the wall. Then you can make one for the wall.

A great looking job. Maybe you daughter needs some better looking woods to make pens from. Nobody want’s a drab pen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 04-11-2010 01:05 AM

Fancy! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 04-11-2010 05:16 AM


Now that’s over the top. What a beautiful workbench. I’d be afraid to use it!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 04-11-2010 11:58 AM

I don’t think I ever posted the dimensions of the original piece.
It is approximately 30” x 13”.
My cat has been scoping out his next target.
He also likes to go outside, get his paws wet, then leave paw prints
on the surface of my table saw. Slight rust. I just keep cleaning after him.
I have to, he was my grandfathers cat, and I promised my grandparents I
would take care of him. He just turned 16 years old…...


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 04-11-2010 01:07 PM

16 years. Wow, that’s an old cat. Guess you can’t blame him for caring on like that. I just found out that squirrels live for 25 years. That just blows me away when I see the little guys in the backyard. I wonder what they are like during their 25th year.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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