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Blog series by kaaahl updated 03-26-2012 06:26 PM 5 parts 37292 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: initial thoughts

03-14-2012 02:16 PM by kaaahl | 1 comment »

Decided to make a workbench for my father for a belated Christmas and birthday gift. (Working on it in the evenings after my brain is fried from writing). The space he has available is small, so I am going to scale it down to be roughly 20” x 60” or a bit longer. Based off of a lot of different elements of a lot of benches. See my note collection here.

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Part 2: progress pics to date

03-14-2012 05:20 PM by kaaahl | 3 comments »

I thought I would just catch up on some pics of my progress so far. In the back of my mind, I am hoping to build a workbench that will last for 100 years—something solid and substantial. At the same time, I am doing it on a grad school budget. So those two things are mostly incompatible but we will see how close we get. This is my first time building a project with hardwood and the first workbench I have ever built. I am building it for my father for a belated Christmas gift (I couldn&#...

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Part 3: the death of a jointer -- help troubleshoot?

03-14-2012 06:50 PM by kaaahl | 8 comments »

I am in the process of making a workbench for my father and am using his tools—this is an important detail. Last night I was truing up two 3”x8”x6’ oak laminate bench top pieces and the planer died. I’ve been trying to this on the cheap and as a gift for my dad. It would really stink if my “gift” is a half-finished work bench and a broken planer. I would appreciate any tips or suggestions some electrically minded lumberjocks might have. So here’...

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Part 4: testing the switch on the planer

03-14-2012 08:12 PM by kaaahl | 8 comments »

This will be my last post today, I swear. I just figured I would document this out in case other people run into power tool failures in the future. First things first, I put the machine back together, except for the switch. I originally planned on using a voltage tester with live current, but I was nervous about that. The voltage tests that I had (read, that I stole from my dad’s tool box) looked old or cheap or both. But I found a video online to explain how to check circuits for re...

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Part 5: lots of yak shaving this past week.

03-26-2012 06:26 PM by kaaahl | 1 comment »

I’m sure this has happened to other people—you start out trying to do one thing and end up doing all sorts of others. That’s the definition of yak shaving—one thing leads to another and before you know it you end up needing to shave a yak when all you wanted to do was (insert activity). I have the bench top to the basic shape I want, including dado-ing out some chisel and saw holders. I started to visualize the base of the bench—I like to get exact meas...

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