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Blog series by Philip updated 11-22-2013 02:43 AM 6 parts 11658 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: Workbench update and wrestling with Photobucket

03-10-2013 06:00 PM by Philip | 12 comments »

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’...

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Part 2: Home-made tablesaw, success is sweet.

04-01-2013 07:39 PM by Philip | 7 comments »

So I have been working on my bench, cutting dovetail-shaped wedges for the wooden nuts on my face vise when we had a little accident. Turns out the wedge was a little too big and the grain was going in just the right direction to just POP-OFF! So I borrowed a clamp to fix that little mis-hap since a home-made clamp would take too long, and my wedge clamp would not allow me to get precise pressure. (Thanks Bro. Roberts!) So then I’m thinking ahead about things I will need to...

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Part 3: A workbench is never done...

11-01-2013 02:50 AM by Philip | 6 comments »

These are photos that show the progression I went through trying to get the vises installed on my workbench. To make a short story long, I had been planning this workbench build in my head for a few years. I got the wood for free (yeah!) and have been trying to build the workbench for virtually nothing. It is a hybrid bench that is blasphemous on many levels: too many dog holes to accommodate my steam bending fancies, a router plate cut into the top, moxon-type vises on the face and tail end,...

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Part 4: This might just happen...

11-20-2013 04:45 AM by Philip | 5 comments »

So we continue with the bench progress…Making all the parts from the butcherblock table has it’s set backs, but I can live with that. Here we have the router plate cut out that has now been modified to accept my jig-saw. For those of you not following along (since this saga is years-long and in no logical order) this bench is full of purist woodworking NO-NO’s. Here I am trying to drill a very large hole in end grain and tap it to accept equally large hand threaded dow...

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Part 5: So many tenons!

11-21-2013 03:29 AM by Philip | 4 comments »

Continuing our workbench journey, we have the base to construct. I wanted the base to be as large as possible to allow for plenty of storage space down the line… So now we start with the layout, and shown previously…we cut the tenon shoulders on the make-shift table saw. There are 20 TENONS AND MORTISES TO CUT! Whew, just had to get that out there… Here is a picture that shows the difference between pieces that have been planed with the smoother (vertical) and t...

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Part 6: andyboy's favorite...the finish

11-22-2013 02:43 AM by Philip | 4 comments »

So I had a short video that shows the finish going on but can’t seem to get it to work, so we will just have to show the picture progression. We’ve come a long way…starting with this pile of stuff back in May ‘12To this…It’s nice to go from dream to research, research to materials, and materials to finished product. This photo shows how much thread we have available on the vise…absolutely overkill. And now that I won’t need the sawho...

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