My First Blog - My First Workbench

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Blog series by manilaboy updated 05-18-2008 07:23 AM 5 parts 7868 reads 45 comments total

Part 1: My First Workbench

05-08-2008 05:12 PM by manilaboy | 6 comments »

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...

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Part 2: The Build

05-10-2008 09:38 AM by manilaboy | 11 comments »

For five years now I have been making do with a 31” or so length of a 5” x 5”. We call it here in the Philippines as “YAKAL”. Very sturdy wood. Commonly used as house posts. Resistant to rot and termites wont even touch it. I found it lying around in my mother’s yard. Added the legs and the vice. A real workhorse ever since. I have used it to build everything around the house and more. My wife even uses it as a pedestal for her laundy buckets and pails. ...

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Part 3: The Stretchers

05-11-2008 11:46 PM by manilaboy | 3 comments »

Hi Everyone, Nice to see you again. Welcome to the third part of my series. I’ve noticed that I am getting many reads. OK I stand corrected. I mean views. :-) I hope you find it interesting. I am dedicating this series to all the beginners out there. I hope that this may serve as an inspiration to you that it can be done. A few basic tools and a lot of determination and resolve would do it. Ok enough of the rant and on with the work. After completing the M & T work on the leg...

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Part 4: The Top

05-17-2008 02:15 AM by manilaboy | 6 comments »

Hi Everyone, Time to pick up where we left off. Finished with the legs and stretchers. Time to build the top. Nothing similar to any bench I’ve seen posted on LJ so far. Doubled up 3/4” marine plywood on rabbets cut on 2” X 6” hand cut box jointed aprons. It won’t win any beauty contest but cost effectivity wise and practicality wise, it is hard too beat. Plus it gave me the practice that I need and a big confidence boost that I really can do it. And I think G...

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Part 5: The Top - Part2

05-18-2008 07:23 AM by manilaboy | 19 comments »

Hello Everybody, Kamusta ka Gary? Sabi ko na nga ba at may bumubulong sa iyo kung ano isusulat mo dyan. hehehe. Just the same, nagagalak ako at kahit papaano ay naipapakita mo at naipaparamdam ang pagmamalasakit mo sa mga kapwa mo LJ. Try to translate that for me without any help ;-) Just the same, I appreciate it very much. Salamat. As for the others, I am still counting on you. A blog is supposed to be participatory. This will be a lot more informative and educational if you all can s...

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