|Forum topic by jacob34||posted 106 days ago||658 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
106 days ago
So I am a subscription holder to Wood Magazine and in October issue #221 they have an article or project “built-to-last Work center”. I am always amazed at the ability for woodworking to take an project and present a million solutions to both the inherent issues as well as a myriad of cost ranges. The work bench in the article uses F clamps as vises and simple dowel and a square block for dogs. Now I realize it is not a new concept and that the bench is easy and cheap and if one is seriously into hand tools it is not going to cut the mustard. I also think though that no other hobby or profession for some gives as many possibilities for both creativity as well as failure.
I remember when I started, and lets be honest I am not a pro or veteran of woodworking by any means I am still in baby stage, thinking of all the crazy things I wanted to build I even purchased some woodworking plans such as one for a challenger locomotive (that will open a new woodworkers eyes), and feeling confronted by not feeling like I could figure out how they where made. Now my outlook or focus is on the range of things my tools can do and which one can accomplish what I am looking to do.
Which brings me to the point of the posting (yes there is a point) I am curious what we choose to view as a work bench. Is there a difference in our minds between a bench for power tool woodworkers versus hand tools guys and are they looked as less than as a bench? Is a handmade more important than one purchased? What things are accepted corners to cut, example I have heard a lot of people pooh, pooh using pipe clamps as vises. Anyway I hope everyone’s shop time is plentiful during the holidays as well as time with our families and happy holidays to all.
-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log