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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 11-15-2009 02:34 AM 1209 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2009 02:34 AM

I’m building Tom Caspar’s Weekend Workbench project. I have come to the conclusion that:

A. He built this during Day Light Saving Time
B. He is a lot younger and faster than I am.
C. He got up a lot earlier than I’m getting up on the weekend.
D. He had a 3 day weekend.
E. Everything comes together a lot faster on Sunday
F. Options A, B, C, D.

I’m really hoping the answer is ‘E’ but the way my back feels tonight, I’m realistically going to guess the correct answer is ‘F’. His challenge was to build a workbench in a weekend, keep the cost under $150.00 and only use hand and hand power tools. Even though this was published some time ago and I could only find 3/4” birch plywood instead of 5/8” fir underlayment, my total outlay for the bench, less face vise is a tiny bit less than $180.00. A good quality face vise is going to compete in cost with my materials.

So today, starting at around 10:00AM, I was able to get the framework cut for the two ends, the middle section, cut the plywood into manageable sections and pieces, assemble the two ends and attached one of two skins to an end. That’s all I got done in eight hours. I was hoping to get everything done with the exception of the table top, take a shower, make a quick run to Rockler, pick up a face vise and finish it early on Sunday afternoon.

My wife doesn’t understand why I can’t use the workbench I threw in the back of my truck on a bulk trash pick up day 10 years ago. I mean come on, new table saw, jointer and band saw and she expects me to build her quality cabinetry out of a shop without a new workbench.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 08:23 AM

Do you have photos of the finished bench?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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