Mother and Daughter workshop #3: Workbenches into the workshop

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 07-06-2014 02:58 PM 1663 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Old workbenches - help please with ours! Part 3 of Mother and Daughter workshop series Part 4: Making some shop tools »

Our demolition is complete and our two workbenches are installed back to back in the workshop space, thanks to two strong friends who came to visit and were immediately pressed into service.

We now have five vices (one with the screw cut off that seems completely stuck) and six rusty bench dogs (one broken). My workbench (with the cut off vice on the back) was a little rickety. I simply banged the leg tenons with my mallet and now it is solid as a rock.

Here’s the cut off vice – see, no screw!

Our benches have seen better days. They need oil. Charlotte’s has many cuts in it. There are spills of paint and glue. But I’m very happy to have them, and happy to have them down where we want them. We scrubbed a lot of congealed sawdust off the workshop floor!

Charlotte has installed her tool chest tray underneath the bench. We are happy. She is working on a rope ladder for the treehouse she now believes we are building. In my view there’s a lot of difference between a toolbox and a treehouse, we’ll see who ends up being right.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 03:39 PM

I’m betting on Charlotte…

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 05:07 PM

Those benches are fantastic. You could clean them up and add boiled linseed oil or just leave them be. A paint and or cabinet scraper would take care of the paint and glue spills. Maybe a careful chisel too. You could even flatten the tops with a hand plane if you really wanted to.

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 05:38 PM

I’m with Tim!

Remember when I wanted to build a tree house. y Dad got “big eyes” and asked me not to do so and he would build me a play house which was more than that. Not as young as your daughter, and old enough to get into trouble. LOL! It was a great play room. 3 big windows, a large bench toy box, a table with chairs.

I didn’t keep it clean enough. He put a lock and hasp on the door, but I use to get around that. LOL

Eventually I insulated that little room and put up dry wall, when I worked for a contractor part time.

Thanks for the pictures! Great journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 06:06 PM

There is already a play house at this new house so the need for a tree house is minimal. Which of course matters not at all—tree houses are never strictly speaking necessary, I guess.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 06:57 PM


Redirect, redirect. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 02:02 AM

Great benches, I am sure you can locate a screw in time. I am going with the tree house

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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