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  1. What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  2. I was perusing FB Marketplace and found this lil gem. The description reads "Workbench made by aviation engineer". I'm going to give this bench all the respect it deserves, it's a wonderful DIY example of what appears to be from my experience seeing many shop items like this from mid century modern era, a bench made by a home shop man from the 1950's to the 1970's I think. It's a collapsible bench, he/she obviously made it to travel or more likely to fold up and out of the way while not in use. The fact it was made by an aviation engineer is kind of fun, if that is true you can see some thought and invention put into this bench. they had a lot of fun planning and executing the build I can tell, much pride was taken. The only thing is, where the wheels fall off on the project, (actually where the wheels should fall off ) is that it has wheels! I found that interesting, as we know wheels on a bench unless collapsible don't lend well to stability, especially if you intend to do any hand tool work on the bench. Someone could have added the wheels as an afterthought too. And, there is always the possibility he was doing some specialty work on this bench that would not require the kind of stability we'd expect for a hand tool bench, who knows? I know folks can pick the bench apart, but I'd like to focus on the fun the guy must of had planning and executing his pride and joy. I bet he had some ARN Delta and Walker Turner in his shop too . By the way, the seller is asking 700 OBO. Really, if I had 700 to burn I would scoop it up, I could easily make it part of my shop environment with a couple modifications. What a fun piece!
  3. While Norm used Teak for the bench he built in the New Yankee Workshop....I just don't have his budget.....so.. I think Ash will do nicely enough...as this bench will reside in the Gazebo, instead of Russ Morash's Garden..... Need to clean off the bench in my shop, first...then some layout work for the 2 back legs....need 4 pieces, as I will be gluing the legs up from 2 pieces. have to figure a good height for the seat....to locate where to start the bend for the back of the bench.... Stay tuned....
  4. Over the past several weeks I have been slowly working on a new workbench for hand tool woodworking. This is a learning project for me and I am learning a lot. At the heart of things I am finding that I really enjoy hand tool woodworking. I am also finding out that I am not particularly good at it which doesn’t surprise me much as I have never really dedicated any time to it or learned the proper ways to do things with hand tools. My saw skills definitely need work as I have never done anything with hand saws but rough carpentry and this is a whole new ball of wax. That said, progress is being made and I was able to dry fit the left and right leg assemblies today. They are square and the hand cut mortises and tenons are well fit for the most part. I discovered that i NEED a shoulder plane to really finish these up properly. That said, the little gaps from my lousy saw skills won’t impact the functionality of this workbench in the slightest. Especially after everything is drawbored, pinned, and glued in place. As I work my way through this build I will continue to post updates on the overall progress.
  5. Hello everyone. I'm looking for some help trying to match a blackwash looking finish that is on several used benches that we purchased. They were bought and sold for weddings several times before we came purchased them. We are building more of them but having a hard time matching the finish that was used. I think the finish has an almost gold color with black streaks. I realize they are several years old and the finish is weather faded and well wore. Looking at the bottom of the bench it looks like it was put on with a rag maybe and appears that it was put on in one step looking at where the finish ends. I have tried several stains with black paint wiped over but it can't quit get anything close to match what they did. Does anyone recognize this finish that could spread some light on what it is and how to reproduce it? Thank you. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K4LNeoHnQlfHapFY0mPTQhuP79wpXjTW/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OyumTx_w6pLbNO9WDxTP4anm6KJQcdMg/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oOeUe2ZlLwh2pWBTcEvBgHkv1X5Jr8ZC/view?usp=sharing
  6. From the album: John's Shop

    I recently inherited this beautiful workbench. The top is 4" thick, 6.5' long by 24" wide with a tool well at the rear. The top is composed of Maple and Oak billets, there are dog holes and the original owner made his own dogs out of aluminum rounds, they work very well. The end vise is large and very powerful. The cabinet is made of oak, with oak drawers and walnut pulls. I will be using the bench as my primary work surface for all I do, I cannot wait to start work on it. I purchased the hold fasts from a fellow on ebay, he hand forges them and sells them at a very reasonable price. I have already tried them and they truly do hold fast! More than likely I will remove the surface mounted vise as it will be in my way, but it is a nice vise, I'll mount it elsewhere in my shop space.
  7. Getting to the point, that BEFORE I can do anything else on them projects.... Something needs to be done about this mess.... Things keep trying to walk off the edge....about half of this mess will go back into the tool chest.. Also, was getting tired of chasing the handbroom around. new keepers to keep the saws from rattling... Here we go..first was to box up a few planes... Stanley 45. have to tear it down, to pack up...close the lid... Placed in the big tool chest..next.. Stanley No. 71-1/2 Just sit down in the box.. Close and latch the lid...placed on top of the Stanley 45's box in the tool cabinet...next... 3 for 1 sale..... tear down the Wards 78, set the Auburn #181 into it's holder.. Close the lid, place over on a shelf...next? Old OEM box for the Stanley 45...is now the home of the Dremel kit...slid this back out of the way... At least that door clears, when I go after a hand plane....didn't stay there for long, though Before it was back in use...bench looks a little better? C clamps have their own storage rack.. MIGHT have enough of these...never know.... And..NOW..I can get back to work....
  8. I’ve been working on a hall bench my wife asked for. It’s going to be painted, so I chose to use pine I got from a local sawmill. Made a few mistakes, and did my best to hide them. Still in the building stage, but here are a couple of photos. comments and suggestions are always welcome.
  9. I found this on Craigs List, and I was curious what it's used for? I don't even know if it's metal or woodworking related. Thanks for any information.
  10. Started my bench build yesterday. No plans, just took a few measurements of me and my son for bench height, and winging it. The top will be from pine, and we'll have folding legs. Dry fitting the miters. I also got Mama's car out of the garage today, I feel like I have a shop! 😊
  11. My son's old bench. It has seen better days. It took me an hour just to clear the brush around it! ...and the replacement! Seems he's going for the luxury version this time! Used recycled flooring for the bench. I'll be going over later to work on it some more. Updates to follow! John
  12. View File Workbench Magazine July-August 1967 Spanish Ottoman With black, leather-grained vinyl, decorative brass tacks and molded wood carvings, this ottoman simulates the simple elegance of furniture made by early Spanish peasants. A modern addition is the foam-rubber cushion for comfort. Source: Workbench Magazine July-August 1967 Submitter John Morris Submitted 09/07/2020 Category Furnishings  
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    With black, leather-grained vinyl, decorative brass tacks and molded wood carvings, this ottoman simulates the simple elegance of furniture made by early Spanish peasants. A modern addition is the foam-rubber cushion for comfort. Source: Workbench Magazine July-August 1967
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    This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
  15. Hey folks, been looking around the web and have not found much, I'd like to build a knock down shooting bench. It has to be small enough to fit in my 2009 Toyota Corolla, and light enough to obviously carry to the shooting area by one person. There a ton of stable solid shooting benches out there but they are big and bulky, and should be left in place after built. Any idea or help is greatly appreciated. I'm sure if I sat down and drew one up, I could come up with something, but if someone already invented the wheel in this one, I'd like to see an example. There are plenty on the market fabricated, but I don't like plastic and aluminum for what I am involved in.
  16. Good day folks, I wonder if anyone has any experience with, or knows where to get a good Made in the USA, or European, Sweden or German, anything but China, bench vise for carving, and something that would be used by gunsmiths. Preferably I'd like to see something that can be clamped to the bench while in use, and unclamped and out of the way to free up my bench during typical use. The ideal vise would be multi positional for carving. I am interested in building flintlock rifles, I see other builders using a front vise to hold one end of the gun and a fixed or clamp-on vise to hold the other end. They are typically multi positional. Thanks for any help.
  17. Worked on this while stuck at home. Two 4 X 8' - 3/4" sheets of plywood glued together. Self adhesive edging around the outside edge, several coats of floor quality polyurethane and on 300 lb. capacity wheels. Exact height for using it as an extension table for my table saw.
  18. We picked this bench up at an estate auction and have been trying to research and gain any knowledge about the history behind this bench. We found it odd that it’s made by Oliver Machinery Co. There is no machine or serial number on the Oliver metal plaque, and can not find a number on the vise. Thanks in advance for any help!
  19. The right side of my end vise binds up. You'll see the left side move in, and the right side binds. I have completely broken down this vise, all the way. Cleaned, reamed out the holes a millimeter or two, waxed it all down, reassemble, it works fine for a few months then goes back to its wicked ways. From around 6" open it's fine, get beyond that it starts binding. While opening and closing. Any suggestions are welcome. Here's the tune up I did awhile back.
  20. What a neat concept, I could not use it, but I love the design, the concept, and the possibilities. Workbench Plans - DIY Adjustable Height Wood Workbench Plans JACK-BENCH.COM Workbench plans - DIY wood workbench plans to build your own adjustable height woodworking workbench. Download the workbench plans now! and, Scott Phillips talks with the inventor, who uses a Shopsmith just as a side note! American Woodshop | Shop Made Workbenches | WBGU-PBS VIDEO.WBGU.ORG The ultimate recycled hard maple portable bench
  21. Since it is less < 10 this doesn't qualify as hoarding either. Just rescuing these great hand grinders from the scrap iron pile. And they all work, a few are not OSHA approved though.
  22. View File Workbench Magazine March-April 1967 Telephone Bench This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. Submitter John Morris Submitted 05/18/2019 Category Furnishings
  23. One of the very first woodworking blogs I ever became interested in is this blog by Kari Hultman, a wonderful craftswoman and artist really, in my opinion she brings hand tooled woodworking to another level of refinement. Kari and I have been social media buddies since the old days of this blog, even though Kari has picked up a new line of work and interest (leather), I still visit her blog frequently. It reminds of a time on the internet when things were just simpler, and straight forward, and her old blog is still live, whenever I visit the blog, a nice cozy warm feeling comes over me, enjoy!
  24. Last week I went shooting out near Fishtrap Washington. Nice place to shoot but no place to sit. I don't like to lie on the rock so I decided to build a portable shooting bench. It took about five hours to make at a cost of sixty five dollars. It is made from one sheet of 3/4" plywood. I used cheap outdoor carpet for the table top and seat. It uses no nails or screws and disassembles in about 30 secs. Lays flat for transport.
  25. How often have I seen Steven Newman post a pick and he has something in his vise. Man that looks so useful verses a mechanics vise on top of a bench. Problem, where do I put it, and you know two would be better with my bad wrist and arm. Now I know this may not be the best placement but this is what was available. I work with what I have, not what I wish for. In theory anyway. Used the original holes for a extra extension on the saw, 7/6" machine bolts 2 1/2 inches long, used all 3 holes. Took some old maple I had and glued together then drilled the holes and dry fitting everything. Worked well. To mount the vises I used 1/4 SS machine screws. Had to cut them down from the original 2 1/2 inches to fit. The inserts for each side are also maple that I put some urethane on to keep from gluing anything I shouldn't to them. Again this is theory, time will tell. The entire TS has Formica whenever there is no cast iron. Kept that theme up and had just enough left over to use for this project. Just keeps it easier to clean up. Already thinking about adding one on the other side. Irwin clamps were on sale for $20 at Lowe's. One box was open the saleswoman tells me stuff is missing and marked it down to $5. Later when I got home I discovered the cashier didn't even ring it up. Made out like a bandit! Maybe not the greatest clamps in the world but will do. Enjoy and be inspired.
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