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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #23: Finished Bureau-Turned-Bench And Organizing

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 12-03-2014 09:29 PM 1587 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Upcycling Old Furniture for the Dungeon Part 23 of Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring series Part 24: Wall Mounted Floor Saving Workbench »

This afternoon I finished up the bureau-turned-bench (sans door knobs I will put on tomorrow) and did some organizing after moving a large free standing shelf unit up against the old oil tank.

Here is the new bench with band saw and drill press in place. I ran a generous wipe of lemon oil all over the dark veneer to try and bring some oil into the old wood. It darkened up nicely while the rag did a fair job of cleaning up grime and debris.

I mounted a power strip on the wall behind the bench. A short heavy duty extension cord will be custom made to connect it to the overhead outlet that I put in years ago.

This large and deep shelf unit is made of pine boards with an OSB backing. I’ve had it for decades, though I can’t remember where it came from. A generous application of lemon oil was applied to the pine.

Tomorrow I will fill up the drawers and shelves, hopefully getting rid of all the clutter I brought down into the dungeon. In the moving around I took out two metal cabinets that never had proper tops put on and junk cabinet that is going to the landfill. I think I will make tops for the metal cabinets and find a use for them on the bike shop end of the dungeon.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 12:56 AM

Awesome save on that dresser. It looks like you found the missing drawers.

-- 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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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 01:07 AM



Awesome save on that dresser. It looks like you found the missing drawers.

- luv2learn

Thanks, Lee. And yeah, I found the drawers…they were buried under ‘stuff’. I can’t wait for everything to be in its place and I can actually build something. Christmas is around the corner and barreling full speed ahead.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 05:44 AM

Just remember, it will never be this clean again. Craigslist is a huge help when you are just getting some tools together but beware once you start getting tools they multiply like rabbits… until you need a specific one that is.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 11:59 AM


Just remember, it will never be this clean again. Craigslist is a huge help when you are just getting some tools together but beware once you start getting tools they multiply like rabbits… until you need a specific one that is.

- emart

Haha! I am so-o-o-o thankful that my camera can’t take HD photographs! The floor is a mess and on the edges of my man-made mess the dungeon is covered in cobwebs and crap that hasn’t been disturbed in decades. I have only been showing you the parts of the dungeon I think people can stomach. ;)

Seriously, the place is in need of a ‘Spring cleaning’, which will have to wait until Spring 2015. If I can carve out a usable space and get work done, I can wait until then. Dust collection and air-filtration are still major issues for me.

Craigslist to date has been a major disappointment, Eric. I live in a tiny rural ‘city’ that is about 50 miles from any place important or larger than we are. Ads are abundant in those areas, but rare in my vicinity. Additionally, I’m not seeing the kind of ads I’m looking for, like old hand planes and tools. This is going to be a ‘long game’ for me.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 12:49 AM

Old hand planes are best found at flea markets and antique stores. I usually use craigslist for my stationary machines and have gone on road trips for some of my rarer items (had to drive 100 miles to find my blacksmithing anvil) If there is a building salvage yard or anywhere that sells used equipment you can usually get stuff from the 1960s and older for a hill of beans.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 01:13 AM



Old hand planes are best found at flea markets and antique stores. I usually use craigslist for my stationary machines and have gone on road trips for some of my rarer items (had to drive 100 miles to find my blacksmithing anvil) If there is a building salvage yard or anywhere that sells used equipment you can usually get stuff from the 1960s and older for a hill of beans.

- emart

Antique stores in my area are likely to overcharge. Flea markets are events, usually a few times a year. Next year I will make a point of going to them. Traveling a great distance for a large stationary item doesn’t make sense for me. Anything large enough for me to make the distance isn’t going to fit into the back of my SUV. I will have a trailer next Spring, so that will give me some incentive to go to distant places. No building salvage yards…I live in the backwoods of Upstate New York. We count the ladies in the fields (cows) in our population count. It’s hit or miss and long waits. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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