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Project by BusterB posted 07-24-2013 10:08 PM 2261 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back my wife volunteered me to make some poster frames for the elementary school she works at. While cutting the profiles on the oak blanks I fried the router in my router table. Before I could pick up a replacement, my buddy came hauling in a load of lumber wanting a couple more of those work benches like I had built him earlier in the year. He is a wheeler/dealer and is always finding materials that folks are giving away and is always pretty good about sharing materials that he finds so I hated to say no. With the current sauna like conditions we have been having recently I just couldnt find the time (or the will) to catch up. Then it dawned on me, hey you got a 18 year old son who really needs to get out of the house more…lol Well between us we finished up the benches and I got the router replaced and the shaping finished for the frames. Only have one frame clamp so got a couple of more days to go on the frames but can see a small glimmer of light at the end of that tunnel as well. My hats off to you guys who do multiple projects for a living…One of the reasons I enjoy woodworking is that it helps me forget about work for a while but here lately its been almost a job in itself.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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farmerdude

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 10:38 PM

Well Buster, the frames look good, the bench looks good, and the parts look good. Enjoy your sauna conditions, it was 60 yesterday morning. Right now (6:30 pm wed.) it’s 70 with a very cool breeze. Sorry, I shouldn’t rub it in. Keep the young fella working and remember, if you get to running behind you can always get Whats his face to help (chuckling to myself).. Great job dude, carry on!

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 10:52 PM

Great work, Sir! Press on with PRIDE! (That’s Professional Results In Daily Efforts)

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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BusterB

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 10:53 PM

Oh just rub salt in my wounds Jeff….lol I know its just payback for when y’all were frozen earlier in the year bud. Ole whats his face was smarter than the average bear…they moved to North Carolina so he is safely out of being forcably volunteered to help…lol
Been a while bud, hope all is well for you up yonder

Thanks Russell…..know you guys are feeling my pain over there in the big city…. FOGHAT is more like it….Fat Older Guy Hating Ambient Temperature…lol Stay safe and cool bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 12:15 AM

Buster, what can I say, once a get er done guy, always a get er done guy LOL!! Way to knock out those projects. Now go buy yourself a sweet router.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 12:23 AM

Even when it’s a job, it beats the hell out of my other job.

How did you corner son into helping you. If my stepson even had a hint that I wanted help he turned up missing.

Good job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 12:24 AM

Thanks L2L, I went all out Lee…i picked up a 2HP HF gem to get me through this rough patch. My British tool consultant is steering me towards a higher end show router…. ahhh someday. Hope things are going well for you bud. Stay Safe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 12:27 AM

Monte, the young one has quit his job on the pretense he was gonna have to this fall when he leaves for college…I simply reminded him he was gonna want gas money and I would probably be more likely to fork it over if those benches were done….glad he didnt just go ask his mom for it…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 01:03 AM

buster can i have some gas money?????

the bench and frames look good,wish my miter’s turned out that good.whats your secret?
i know how you feel on the sauna.i work out in it and after 14 hours yesterday and 9 today i just piddled when i went to the shop for 30 min.

did you buy a plunge router or a fixed base?keep up the good work and be safe.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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BusterB

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 01:18 AM

Marty….you be careful out there in this heat my friend…stay well hydrated. The miter issue was fixed with a easy to build and ever so helpful miter sled. Well worth the time to put one together if you are having the same issues I did. There was a coupon for the 2hp fixed base router in this months Wood Magazine. 45 bucks and a 90 day no questions asked return policy. I sorta really put it through the ringer and it came out grinning like a champ. I have a PC (also a fixed base) that I use for hand routing but just couldnt bring myself to mount it in the table. I had a 2 1/2 hp Skil plunge router mounted in it and that oak tore it a new one. It was several years old so it time was probably up anyhow. Some day I am gonna splurge for a good one but still working on that tablesaw upgrade we discussed a while back…just cant get Mrs. B to go along with it as easily as you did…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Hawaiilad

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 01:36 AM

So many things I like about your post. Wonderful work you did on the work benches and frames, but really like the idea of getting your son involved in woodworking. I love the picture of him using the nailer with both hands. We all have to learn sometime, and it’s easier when we have a good teacher

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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BusterB

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 01:53 AM

Thanks Larry….I believe he has seen the results of enough of my “oh crap” moments that he is pretty safety concious and tends to listen when I make little suggestions along those lines…lol I wish he would take a bit more interest in the woodworking but he enjoys piddling with metal projects better. He says he is gonna make me a branding iron so I can start marking my projects. I am really looking forward to seeing that project.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Hawaiilad

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 04:15 AM

Buster, I think allot of us wishes our kids would get involved in woodworking. We have 4 girls and 1 boy…all adults over 35 and none are interested. But I guess I should be proud of them anyway…they all finished college and are working great jobs. One does have a hobby of quilting.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Todd Barrone

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 05:20 AM

Nice benches, I need a few of those buddy, how about out of cedar lol nice frame work too. I wish I could get my frames to come out that good. great job my friend.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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bluekingfisher

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#14 posted 07-25-2013 08:48 AM

Glad to hear it only took ya 18 years to get him out of the house Bubba, the heat down there must be slowing down yer thought processes lol. Anyway, I hope you got the brakes fixed on that truck? you don’t want to be paying another visit to the briar. Good to see you knocked the dents out of the mower too!

Nice of you to let your pappy help out, the old timer is doing a great job tying up the truck.

Be cool

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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BusterB

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#15 posted 07-25-2013 12:40 PM

Larry- Sounds like y’all did a good job rasing all those kids. Need to point the one who quilts in Jeff’s direction. He lives in Maine and could potentially be a very good customer…lol

Todd- Those might look good in cedar…lol

David- 1) that wasnt the mower I rolled 2) brakes are good to go… only cost about three times what I expected to pay 3) Thankfully I am not even remotely related to Danny…I posted that as a warning pic for others LJ’s. If he pulls up in your driveway…its gonna cost you something….lol of course if he pulls up in your drive Dave, his socks will be soggy but I wouldnt put it past him to cross the pond for a freebie…lol As ole Jarvie gets older you may have to retract that comment on my mental facilites …lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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