Funny thing happened on the way to a work bench

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Project by Woodfix posted 03-12-2010 01:30 PM 3267 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Check out my new work bench. Solid New Guinea Rose Wood, I wont bother you with the details of how much that timber cost me. Talk about handing over amunition to the enemy, my wife has been giving me curry ever since I told her. I know, why tell her. Well she asked, insistently. And I live by a policy that I would rather get in trouble for the truth than a lie. So she knows. Thats not the funny part.

If you have checked out my workshop, you will have noticed that it is on the small side and there is absolutely no way a full sized cabinet makers bench is going in there. So the plan was, it is going to double as the bar-b-que bench. I mean really, how many bbq do you have. Too many. But that is still not the funny bit.

See the last photo. I bought a second hand Dawn quick release wood workers bench vice. In need of a bit of TLC but it was cheap (ish). So in preparation for the new bench that I was hand making with no expense spared, I also restored this vice. So well in fact that my wife would not believe it was the same one and wanted to know how much I had paid for the ‘new’ vice. It took a bit of convincing for her to believe it was the same one. Still not the funny side of this story.

She won’t let me put it on the bench. Worried someone will bump into it. So until I can find space apart from the bbq area to put my new bench it will remain viceless. Oh well. It is better to keep the peace. But what a forelorn sight, a viceless bench. Its like a pub with no beer, an ocean with no beach, a night sky with no stars.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 01:57 PM

Sounds like you should just give up that bench to be part of your BBQ area and build another bench – to mount the vixe on – of course.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 02:04 PM

Nice looking BBQ bench. You made one mistake however. That thing you thought was a vice is in fact a high tech BBQ utensil holder. No self respecting BBQ people would be caught dead without one. Your wife should know that. After that is installed you should get one of those high tech BBQ meat cutters, you know, the one that can double as a table saw.

Have fun

-- Walt, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 02:34 PM

Great story! It made my day.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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John Steffen

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 02:47 PM

Fancy looking BBQ bench HAHA! Hope there’s a roof over it.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 02:51 PM

ah , ’ the things we do for love ’ !

at least you will get to eat some meat again ,

while you ponder your next move .

-- 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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#6 posted 03-12-2010 02:56 PM

It’s a beautiful bench, BBQ or not! Not to worry about the vise. I have a similar Craftsman vise (also red) that I bought in 1987 and that finally found its bench in 2007. Thank goodness none of the parts or documents had gone adrift in 20 years of storage.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 04:07 PM

Funny story…... Good times lol.

I agree with docholladay. “No problem honey this, is your BBQ bench, But I will be needing about a hundred bucks for materials for my new bench…..see here’s the plans”

Go for it, Or install your new craftsman “meat tenderizer” to the side of the bench and use it…....I’m sure it can squeeze the toughness out of any meat.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 05:33 PM

Drill a few holes for hold fasts and you won’t need an auxialliary BBQ utensil holder. And the hold fasts can be used to hold down fly-away paper plates, napkins and unruly children.

-- Dave R, Wyoming WoodSpirits

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 10:59 PM

So what your saying is that you have a vice for sale?

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 11:12 PM

show her how to make hamburger patty’s with it .

-- 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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#11 posted 03-12-2010 11:38 PM

Cool bench Doug.. might just have to pop in for a bbq one day and have a look … lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 03-13-2010 04:00 AM

I feel your pain !!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-13-2010 04:07 AM

You win some you loose some, Nice bench/table.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 03-13-2010 04:57 AM

What if you tried giving her a scrollsaw for her birthday? Show her all the cool things she could make…. She could pop it on the end of the bench (while you make a moveable scrollsaw cabinet for her) and you can put your vice on the other and you will both enjoy the good life?

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 07:49 AM

Nice workbench! Keep up the good work and keep those stories coming.

-- KCkevin

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