Hi all. I have been lurking and watching others on here for quite some time. I have been quite interested in woodworking for several years, but being in the military and moving around has made it difficult to do anything. I have either lived in the barracks, a small apartment, or have otherwise been restricted from having an area I was able to use for using the necessary tools.
Well, now I am in Hawaii and am about to move into an actual house, with a two car garage, and all of the space I could ever need. My main inspiration has been Paul Sellers, and as such, my first attempt will be to build the workbench he instructs through his YT channel.
I have very few tools, but will be buying what I need once my car arrives on island.
My first trip will be to Sports Authority so I can get a 175 gram Wham-o frisbee, and probably right on to either Lowes or Home Depot, where I will buy my necessary 2×4s. On my shopping list I have the following as of right now:
1. Gallon of glue
2. 8-10 aluminum bar clamps
3. 29 2×4s
4. Chisel set (or use my Craftsman set after sharpening)
5. Double sided hammer (or I may build a wooden mallet, not sure on that yet)
6. Crosscut saw
7. Back saw
8. Bench vise
So I have an old Stanley #4 which is what I’ll be using for most of the hard work (as I’m sure everyone knows from watching the videos) and I have a woodcraft B&M store on island, so I’ll be able to purchase some of the more specific items I want (i.e. I want to purchase a real nice dovetail saw).
Right now my sticking point is the bar clamps. Unfortunately, places like Harbor Freight require a hefty cost to ship to my address ($50+), so it makes their 36” clamps at $9.99 not very attractive. It’d be $80 for 8 clamps, then $50 for shipping, bringing it to about $16.25 for each clamp. I can’t find any on the used market right now (such as on craigslist), so I am afraid I’ll have to buy them new at the Home Depot or Lowes, which I am okay with. If anyone has any suggestions on this point please let me know.
Once I start working on the bench, I plan to either video it or to heavily document it photographically so I can share the experience with everyone else on the WWW.
Looking forward to doing that.