Workbench is broken in...

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Blog entry by mike85215 posted 02-23-2010 04:40 AM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last weekend I worked on and finished a small project that my wife had wanted…a small corner shelving unit for the living room. As it turned out when using a hand plane I accidentally gouged the top of my brand new workbench. Now you have to understand and if you have ever made a workbench for yourself you do understand, I spent a ton of time planning and building this workbench. I mean that I agonized over the construction details looking for the perfect style then spent just about five weeks building it. First project out of the gate and I put a wonderful scratch halfway across the top…..So I took a “moment of silence” then went right back to work. The next day I happened to drill two pocket hole screws right through my project and, yep you guessed it right into the other end of the top of the by now not so pretty looking workbench. Those that know me know that I tend to be more than just a little OCD, they were all secretly wondering how I would react to the first scratch. Well to their surprise, I understand that although I may have spent a lot of effort in making this bench I also realize that it is a “workbench”. While I did not intentionally set out to disfigure “my baby”, I also am smart enough to know that it was going to happen, therefore I did not, will not lose sleep over it.
Now, I am trying to figure out what my next project will be…..

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 04:54 AM

I feel your OCD pain…Kinda like a new car. Take it to the local mall and let the doors get dinged up then you’ll realize it’s a car and not a show piece, but an item of function. These little accidents help you to realize that it’s meant to take some abuse and eventually you will be more concerned about the project at hand and not the bench you’re working on. I used to detail my car once a week and now there are Cheerios, soda cans and tons of dog hair in my car.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 05:11 AM

congratulations on the new bench ,

another dream come true .

have fun with it ,
just watch the 16d nails (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 05:14 AM

It’s broken in, now!!!

There IS a bit of relief, once that first ding (or couple of dings) is out of the way….

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 05:25 AM

Got any blood on it yet?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 05:29 AM

Years from now I’m sure you’ll be able to remember the story for each mark.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 07:13 AM

No Pics….didn’t happen :)

Sorry about the bench but I’m with sras…they will become war stories to tell over a cold one.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 08:58 AM

jaaa it´s broken in
go and celebrate it
over a cup of
congrat´s with
the bench


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#8 posted 02-23-2010 02:42 PM

To me there is nothing more beautiful than a new work bench, but to see one that has holes, gouges, goo and stains is a work of art. It says more about the owner than a new bench!

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 09:50 PM

Greetings Mike:.... Oh mercy… after all that hard work and planning, and the couple of discussions we had about your bench…. you done went and put minor damage on it!!!!!!!!!!!! Cobgradulations….... you now belong to Lumberjoks… Nothing to worry about.. it happens to best of benches. It’s just for woodworking, and will probably happen again before it’s over, or you retire…again…lol…..

As peggyraye said…...Now it has character…....send pixs…..we need to see it…

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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