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#1 posted 12-11-2011 05:15 PM

I have to agree with Loren’s recommendation of building a workbench.

I used various items as a workbench in the past, from sawhorses on a gravel floor, to a particle board shelf in the corner of a garage. Building the workbench was a great project. The bonus is that you have a great place to work for future projects. I was reminded of that fact yesterday as I work on some gifts for Christmas and was able to clamp a piece in the vice on the bench. I’m still learning all of the ways the workbench can make life easier, but it has made my woodworking much more enjoyable.

The bench I build was a design featured on Fine Woodworking’s Tools and Shops issue in about 2004. Find a design that works for your needs, budget and skills, and start making sawdust.

Good luck

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