My First Blog - My First Workbench #1: My First Workbench

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Blog entry by manilaboy posted 05-08-2008 05:12 PM 1172 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the early years(more than 35 years ago) of toying with a hammer, nails, a saw and a pieces of wood, I found it very excruciating and a lot of times very very painful as well to nail two pieces of wood together with some semblance of alignment. It was very difficult to saw straight if not impossible and again most of the time it was also very painful. Those were the times I wished I had another pair of hands.

My father saw me struggle with what I was doing. He just watched and went about his ways. He was the kind who’d let you discover and find it out for yourself. But I was not making any progress and maybe to prevent me from hurting myself any further….He said “Son whatever it is you are doing to that piece of wood will probably take a lot less effort, will probably be more accurate, will probably be done faster and most probably be a lot less painful too if you keep the workpiece immobile”.

Fast forward to Lumberjocks.Drooooooooooooool!Those workbenches are magnificent. Fine furniture to build fine furniture. Perfect combination. Gotta have one. But there is one hitch. My conscience told me “manila boy you’re a mere mortal. You can’t afford any of those pretty benches! Cost is a formidable constraint for me. So is the size of lumber that will fit in my car as well as the size of my shop.

No plans. Built on the fly. Hand-cut box joints. Doubled up plywood top on rabbets. Mortise and tenon joinery on the legs. Tenoned stretchers pocket screwed to mortises on the legs.

Materials (cost me about P3,000, US$75):

2 pcs – 2” X 4” X 8’ Tanguile S4S for the legs
1 pc – 2” X 4” X10’ Tanguile S4S for the legs
2 pcs – 2” X 5” X 8’ Tanguile S4S for the top
1 pc – 3/4” 4’ X 8’ Marine Plywood


Coping saw
Chisels – 1 1/2”, 7/8”, 1/2”, 1/4”
Planes – Stanley # 3, Stanley Block
Router – 1/2” X 2” straight bit
Drill Press – 1/2” bit
Jig Saw
Portable power planer

I hope you will all stay tuned.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

6 comments so far

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-08-2008 05:49 PM

Of course we will stay tuned. Installment posts like this are better than any reality show.

Keep the posts coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View GaryK's profile


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#2 posted 05-08-2008 06:37 PM

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Mario's profile


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#3 posted 05-08-2008 07:02 PM

Now that you have everyones attention.

We eagerly look forward to seeing things as they progress.

..... Are you done yet? .... how much longer?

I look forward to being part of the process. Thanks for letting us share in this project.

-- Hope Never fails

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John Gray

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 12:27 AM

PLEASE keep us posted!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 12:42 PM


I know I won’t get zero comment. You comment on every post and very nicely at that. LOL.


With you looking over my progress, and with the quality of work you do, I just hope that I don’t get you bored to death. Biro lang ‘dre!


I sure do hope I can hold on to your attention long enough ;-)


You asked for it. You will definitely get it. Hehehe

Seriously guys, I would like you all to comment as candidly as you can. No need for you to hold back. No need for PMs because the others might be interested and could benefit from the discussion too. I am game and I can take it. I just hope you are too! LOL

Come on people. Jump in and share your two cents.

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#6 posted 05-17-2008 02:59 AM

I can wait to see it finish.

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