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Forum topic by EPJartisan posted 05-12-2014 09:30 PM 2388 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EPJartisan

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05-12-2014 09:30 PM

After seeing this type of table in the background of some of favorite carvers here on LJs… I decided I wanted to build one for myself. The universe answered with a dumpster find of a table top that had an inset area for a (now broken) glass top. Found myself some 1” MDF, some wheels… and assembled this carving workbench. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."


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#1 posted 05-12-2014 10:29 PM

I would fit an extractor fan underneath to use it for downdrafting, this will keep everyhting nice and clean the bench you have made lends itself to this easily.I hope whatever you decide that you and your new project or bench have ahppy life,I.E very LONGLIFE together, Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 11:15 PM

Looks very functional. I can see why it works well for carving.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Rodney

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 02:56 PM

This is a great find and a great table. I also like the idea of putting a fan underneath for down drafting. This would keep your work area much cleaner. I love it just the way it is though.

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 03:43 PM

Pretty sweet idea. Looks like it will go to good use

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 06:06 PM

That will be a nice addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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EPJartisan

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#6 posted 05-14-2014 08:40 PM

I wish I had made one of these years ago… I varnished the top and since I can flip over the top insert I decided to carpet one side for soft and organic shapes. I love it… next I will add a dust collection below.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Druid

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 05:30 AM

Looks like a good size, and versatile bench. Nice way to recycle the table into a new tool for your shop. It will be interesting to see the addition of the dust collection.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Johnniez

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 12:57 PM

Sure is a lot fancier than my old WorkMate which is what I use for a workbench.. Works for me very well.

Nice job on the bench… Great work.

Johnnie

-- Every Day Is A Great Day, Some Are Just Better Than Others

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 06:37 PM

Was going to ask about your hold down method. Thanks for the pics. Looks great EPJ!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#10 posted 08-08-2014 06:39 PM

Nice little bench Eric. Im finding out that ive got a thing for carving so I gotta ask what kinda of chisels do you use?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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AnonymousRequest

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#11 posted 08-08-2014 07:23 PM

They look like Pheil Swiss Made. (the set) Guessing here, the brown handled 2 maybe Woodcraft and the nubby one Flexcut.

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EPJartisan

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#12 posted 08-09-2014 09:26 PM

Yep they are Pfeil Swiss..
I got them for my birthday just this year.. (I checked when I posted here on LJs. LOL. I have had them for 179 days.) Though not getting as much use as I would like. I was used to cheaper and used carving tools for a decade.. so I got really good at sharpening.. but these tools really keep their edge!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 12:53 AM

wow that work bench looks great ,nice job making it, i should have one of thoes

-- george vermont

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