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Blog series by gpastor updated 1235 days ago 10 parts 33994 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: mortise and tenon

1284 days ago by gpastor | 1 comment »

Like most of my projects, it is an occasion for a new tool. The Pantorouterplans by For more info or a pantorouter see This is the plans will make some mods

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Part 3: base com

1283 days ago by gpastor | 4 comments »

Hand cut dovetail in top front rail. Base all glued up Guled up the top in two parts

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Part 4: Belt sander hack - sanding top

1281 days ago by gpastor | 7 comments »

The bench top ends are just rough cut. What to do? SEE—- Belt sander hack – sanding top

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Part 5: bench top - getting the ends squared up

1281 days ago by gpastor | 1 comment »

To help get the rough cut end squarded up, i am rubbing pencil lead on to the edge of the squar then slid it over the end across the top too You can see that the high spots have pencil lead (graphite) on them. Sand, than repeat.

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Part 6: How tall is your work bench?

1275 days ago by gpastor | 11 comments »

This is the height of my old workbench 33”. For me it was to low unless I was doing something like hand planing then it was fine. What make a good work bench height? I considered a few things:1- What was I going to do most on the bench. For me that was not hand planning 2- How tall I am. At 6’-1” a 33” top is low 3- My eye sight. A high bench brought the work closer to my eyes 4- Will I be standing or sitting. I am on me feet all day at work, so on the weekends when I am...

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Part 7: What is your Vice ? - Wilton Universal Turret Vise

1273 days ago by gpastor | 4 comments »

Had to cut into the base to mount my old Wilton vice. Here is some info. I found on the web about this viseIn 1959 Wilton invented what they called the Wilton Universal Turret Vise, which is in essence a Patternmakers vise. It had two jaws that swiveled into place on the turret to allow the user to hold large items for woodworking, or with a flip metal working or even pipe clamping jaws could b called into action. The patent was finally granted in 1961, but by then the vise had already been...

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Part 8: End vise DIY

1273 days ago by gpastor | 2 comments »

I bought an old leg vice on ebay last year to make this end viseglued 2 halves to make the head drilled out for the vise nut and for the washer in the head wood chips in my coffe, what could be better then that?Opposite of the main vise screw is a linear motion bearingbBushing a lot of drillingIn the end

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Part 9: Frame for drawers and panels

1259 days ago by gpastor | 2 comments »

I like the Shaker feel of this design. With the drawers and cupboard storage. I made my bench just the draws and no cupboard. I have had benches with open area or just a shelf under the top and they always ended up being a catch-all, so a set of drawers was a good alternative and you never have too much storage space that is close at hand.I do not like painting wood but it keep well with the shaker look and I could save some money by buying poplar as the substrate. The poplar panels are 3/8” ...

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Part 10: WWAD/HD Finished at last

1235 days ago by gpastor | 2 comments »

WWADHDWoodwork’s Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity DisorderFinished at last There seems to be a point in every project that I become easily distracted or lose attention to getting the project finished. The project loses its charm or I get bored or think about the next project. I admitted I have WWAD/HD, yes it is true. I confess that I built a china cabinet for my wife that took 12 years to finish. I told people that I didn’t have the money to finish it or I didn’t have the tim...

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