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Workbench #1: Workbench update and wrestling with Photobucket

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Blog entry by Philip posted 03-10-2013 06:00 PM 1381 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I came home Friday and found the non-shop side of the garage looking like this:

My Wife had cleaned/thrown out and organized that half of the garage and it was my turn to shape up and do some spring cleaning.

I separated all my wood into stacks and threw out all the scraps that had no business being there. Below is a picture of the pieces I’m working on for the base.

Got half the saw dust/cobwebs…

This photo shows the underside of the workbench. I’ve been planning this bad boy for a couple years at this point. The main principle comes down to this: make a workbench for free (almost.) I’ve taken what I like from several benches and incorporated them into this one. You can see the cut out for the router, the holes partially drilled to prevent tear out when I come through from the top, and the grooves plowed to allow space for the threaded rods. The vises will be made out of wood, an idea taken from Mike Dunbar’s workbench plan in FWW.

Ah, much better.

And another angle to show off the “Mary had a lamb” staff turned pull-up bar.

And here we have the main purpose of the holes, to hold the work on the bench. After making my David Haig inspired rocking chair I saw that my bench needed to do a lot more for me. The first reason being that I used WAY too much plywood to make the bending forms that I clamped all the curved/laminated pieces on. The second reason being that I don’t own many clamps at all, and at $50 a piece that would not do right now… even if I made my own clamps out of wood or bought them second hand off of craigslist…

So looking at other options I found the amazing draw-bore technique. Thanks to the workbench plans I saw that led me to a blog by Schwartz, then I found a Roy Underhill episode, and a wood-whisperer video. I was also finding ways to clamp things without regular clamps, like using dowels, wedges, your bench vise, etc…I have to give credit to Paul (shipwright) for his FANTASTIC wedge vise and shoulder vise system. But, by the time I found that I had already bought the tap and die to make wooden threads for my vise. The knowledge is still great to have.

So with these dowels I can use my vise (nearly completed) wedges, hold fast, all thread rod with knobs, etc to hold things on my bench. I am also going to experiment with metal dogs that have been tapped to accept a lag bolt to be used as clamps, because heck- that’s what a clamp is anyway. You can see my wooden prototype with the bolt sticking out the top.

Well, after fighting with Photobucket I think I’ve got the pictures the way they will all fit.

Hope you enjoy, more to come.

-- I never finish anyth



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stefang

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#1 posted 03-10-2013 09:14 PM

Oh, the joy of getting organized and equipped for the projects of our dreams. Your bench is looking great Phillip. You won’t regret choosing wooden vise screws, they are quick and easier to turn and they can exert a whole lot of pressure. I have been cleaning my shop too and I am planning a major reconfiguration next week so I can actually work in there! Need any cutoffs?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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KelvinGrove

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#2 posted 03-10-2013 09:31 PM

Organized people are jut too lazy to look for things!

:-)

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 03-10-2013 09:51 PM

Looks cool. With photobucket, I’ve had better luck ‘editing’ photos on my cpu before I upload them. I right click on the photo, go to edit, then my program has a ‘resize’ option at the top. 600 pixels long ways seems to work. Hope it helps.

-- Red-- "I'm a lumber hoardin', finger nickin', sliver cursin', breaker trippin', summbuckin woodworker ya'll"

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Philip

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#4 posted 03-10-2013 10:47 PM

Mike, I would take your cut offs any day. Of course shipping would be outrageous. You would have to sell half your dragon…

I am definitely lazy… I will have to resize all my pictures first from now on, that was way too much work.

-- I never finish anyth

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justoneofme

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 03:20 PM

What a wonderful wife you have … to get you so motivated Philip!! Love the workbench, and yes Paul’s beautiful addition to his shop is truly something to drool over! That’s also a very lovely piece of carving you’re working on :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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Philip

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 06:00 PM

Thanks Elaine, she is pretty great! It’s just a good thing the chip carving isn’t a close up shot…always a first for everything.

-- I never finish anyth

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mafe

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 08:39 PM

Looks good, this workbench I will look forward to see.
I am a big fan of order, so I have a big smile wathing your work space.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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KOVA

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 04:26 AM

BUEN TRABAJO PHILIP!!!!!
ACÁ TIENES UN VIDEO DE CÓMO PUEDES
FABRICARLE LAS PATAS PARA ESE TOP DE WORKBENCH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SS8vpgM8-I

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Philip

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 08:36 PM

Kova,

Que video tan bueno. Ya que lo vi no falta mas que hacerme un mate cocido!

-- I never finish anyth

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KOVA

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 09:08 PM

JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA
EL CARPINTERO ES CHILENO ;-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Philip

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#11 posted 03-16-2013 07:06 PM

La sabia! Por eso Los partes para Colgar herramienta son de plastico…

-- I never finish anyth

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KOVA

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#12 posted 03-17-2013 04:14 AM

LO QUE PASA ES QUE PROMOCIONA PRODUCTOS DE BRICOLAGE JE JE JE JE JE JE JE
PERO ESA MESA DESMONTABLE ESTÁ EN MI LISTA PARA HACERLA EN CUANTO PUEDA
PORQUE SUELO TENER QUE IR A TRABAJAR FUERA DE MI WORKSHOP Y ESO DE USAR
DOS CABALLETES YA ME TIENE CANSADO :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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