My workshop makeover #2: Bench tops beginning...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-22-2009 06:27 AM 2337 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…since we built the shed…it has been tough to find multiple days in a row to get shop time…between visitors and our own travels I have had a day here and a day there…but I have made lots of progress and tomorrow I hope to finish my first table top for the new miter station…

Since my last entry I have:
1) moved 95% of “the “non-shop stuff” out of my garage…so now it is A SHOP…
2) put up shelves in the shed for all that stuff…
3) sorted through all my lumber and organized it neater so that I can for the first time in several years exit my shop to the RIGHT of my work bench…
4) moved out my sawhorses and put the new (old) cabinets i acquired for free into the places they will stay…I can now go all the way around them…
5) purchased lumber for 3 tables—-I went the cheap route for the table tops 2×4’s that I am standing up for maximum thickness and strength…
6) cut all the 2×4’s for the three tables—-two small tables that will make my miter station along the wall.
7) 6 foot long table in the middle (end) which will rest on top of the two larger cabinets i acquired…
8) Today I had time to trim the tops off the 2×4’s off the top edge….and I then used my jointer to smooth the face of each side so that when I glue them up their will be no gap…
9) after that I glued up the table top of the one smaller table…I am gluing up the smallest sections first so that I can learn from each attempt.
10) for example in the first picture you see three small glue ups that I did a few days ago…I did these first so htat I can learn and get practice for the bigger and bigger pieces…these three pieces will actually be the dividers on my new bench—-so it will have to halves and these will provide tool “bins” (for lack of better word)...


Here is the cabinet and table top BEFORE i trimmed, surfaced and glued it up…i set all the wood on each table so that I could get a real feel for how the shop will look with each table done…IT LOOKS GOOD!!!


This last picture is to show how big the shop is with NOTHING in it…but the benches and my SHOPSMITH…which i can turn in ANY direction and still be working INSIDE my shop…all my stuff that had been spread out on my “old bench” (plywood on top of sawhorses) is now in the cabinet drawers…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 06:35 AM

You won’t know yourself once it is all organised.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 06:40 AM

lots of room fine shop

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 10:43 AM

Hey Napaman,
Looking good…...nice bench tops…..well done.

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 04:00 PM


You are going to be in Hog Heaven!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 02:01 AM

HEY MATT…................when you get done there you can come and help me….........LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 02:49 AM

thanks guys…

Jerry…I am on my way…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 04:18 PM

Great Shopsmith, nice storage cabinet under it. Oh, the rest of the shop’s cool, too. -SST

Keep us in the loop on the progress.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 09:21 AM

Great looking shop!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 05:45 PM

Very nice start,

after it’s done, you’ll have a hard time finding things for awhile.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 08-08-2009 06:16 PM

haha….very true dick…starting using the drawers and a bit lost at times…but its sooo nice…

was sidelined with camping last 10 days…so no new movement on the shop…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 06:20 PM

I bought a label maker for my drawers, but I can’t find the drawer I put it in.<(;Q}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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