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Workbench #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by ndtrek07 posted 06-16-2012 12:52 PM 951 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all, and welcome to my first blog post!

I always enjoyed building things with my dad growing up, and now that my wife and I have owned a home for a couple years, I’ve been getting a itch to develop my skills working with my hands. I’ve recently embarked on the long process of finishing our basement myself (and by myself, I clearly mean with help from family and friends who know what they’re doing), hoping to learn a lot in the process.

Along with that major endeavor, I’ve decided that my next woodworking project (other than a ladder that I built for a loft in college) should be a workbench. True, I also wanted to build a desk for the home office, but my wife wisely suggested I try something that doesn’t have to look quite as nice first, and see how that goes. The bit of woodworking I have done has shown me a need a decent place to work, beyond what I can get from a piece of wood over my sawhorses…although I’m pretty sure that this project is at least as much about proving to myself that I can do it, as it is about the usefulness of the finished product.

Last fall, my father-in-law gave me a copy of Woodsmith magazine, and I was instantly hooked. This particular issue has the plans for the ‘Woodsmith Workbench’, which is what I’m going to base my bench off of.

I started out with a circlular saw, miter saw, drill, random-orbit sander, along with usual hand tools you need to have around the house (screwdrivers, hammer, etc), but over the past year I’ve managed to acquire a lot of tools…probably more than I should have in such a short amount of time, but hopefully the investment I’ve made will encourage me not to give up on anything when I run into problems.

I now have added a table saw, router, shop-vac, and jig saw to my inventory, and with these I felt equipped to get started.

I’d been taking a few pictures as I started this project, in case I ended up deciding to document the project here. Over the next week I plan to post an update about what I’ve done so far…and probably ask for some feedback about my approach.

I’ve found reviews, projects, and the forum here really helpful, so I’m hoping that some other novices can learn from the experiences (and mistakes) that I’ll describe on this blog.

-- Chris



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#1 posted 06-16-2012 05:04 PM

I think you made a good decision making a workbench first. It’s great to learn on shop furniture, and shop furniture is sometimes what I enjoy the most.

Sounds like you have a pretty good bit of tools, plenty enough to make a workbench.

Some things to think about-
-I made my workbench the same height as my table saw so that it could be used as an outfeed table too. This has proved to be a great idea since I have a fairly small shop.
-I googled the “woodsmith workbench” and I couldn’t pin point exactly which one you are going to build. I wouldn’t do anything to elaborate for the first time, stick to a basic, sturdy, heavy table.

If your interested, I made a video on my workbench that you may find helpful. You can check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea4kQKmprbs

Have fun!!!!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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