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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. 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.
  3. Version 1.0.0

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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.
  4. 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  
  5. 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!
  6. Good day folks, I am adding terminology for our wiki in the category of Workbenches. If you have the time, could you help build our list in this topic? You can add your entries here in this topic. I'd like to start with Workbench types. Here are just a few to get us going. Roubo Danish European More entries are greatly appreciated! And if you have any suggestions on whether a category or type is more appropriate? Roubo Workbench
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Ok, between Projects at the moment....took a long look at the vise that has seen so much use...and abuse the last 3 years...or so.. Uummmm, yeah. Managed to dig a "dog" out of the bench.. Had to pound it down out of the bench, in fact. May work on ti as well.. Methinks this needs a new set of jaws...may replace the chewed up end of the bench, while I am at it.. Fingers keep getting little slivers up under fingernails...easy enough to remove... May be a couple more under the jaws. Depending on the next trip to Menard's...about when some 2x cut-offs can be brought home. Metal part of this vise came from a vendor @ Tractor Fest 2015...$10..... Then added a few boards to.. Added a thicker jaw to allow for bench dogs... Grandson wants a Coffee Table, too...wonder IF I can get this vise fixed up, first? We'll see..
  10. Decided to make a computer desk and to repurpose what I had left from the drafting table. The legs & the frame have a new life as a bench. Made that awhile ago. That leaves me with a desk top, 1 1/8" thick, & drawers. I cut the top down to 26" and kept the length. I plan on cutting down the metal caps on the ends to keep it from warping. A round over on the front & a little angle on the end to save the hips. I took the cut off from the top to get my material for the legs. The base is leftovers from a door that I took apart and made some floating shelves. I can flip the board & hide the hole. Routed some slots in the leg for that decorative element & a round over to soften them up. Cut the tendons on the table saw & will clean those up with a chisel. I'll put a couple of cross braces in the dead space. Layout & cut the mortise. I'll cut a taper on the ends of the base to keep from stubbing my toes. TBC
  11. Still a mess, but it sure looks better than it did a month ago. This is my new work area, a little small, about a quarter of what I had, but I like it, feels warm and cozy.
  12. Tonight I pulled my end vise from my new bench. When I picked up my bench over a month ago, I noticed the vise was very stiff. Beyond stiff, actually the tube holes swelled around the tubes to the point of zero clearance, as a matter of fact the wood was tight around the tubes. I don't know when the last time was that the previous owner used his vise, it could have been years, judging by how his shop appeared to have not been worked in for a long time, he may have not known that his vise was nearly in-operable. at 95 years old, he may not have even been able to spin the handle, maybe, maybe not. I was able to turn the handle, it was tight but functioned. I removed the end vise from the bench top, I had to remove 4 bolts and unscrew the tube supports from under the top, the straight slot screws were a joy to spin out. Image below, end vise removed. Once it was unbolted and unscrewed, I had to wiggle it off the hard wood spline you see in the first image. I quickly set it on the floor, it was heavy. It is as wide as the bench, and takes up about a half of the real estate under the bench. Jim, the previous owner, all his work was and is so precise, I have viewed his metal working, leather work, and woodworking, and all his work was done with careful precision, I am only surmising here, but with his machinist background I am wagering he made this vise to operate with very close tolerances, regarding the tube holes, possibly not taking wood movement or swelling into consideration. But then as I type this, I am telling myself, he was a highly experienced woodworker, he must of known about wood movement, so the fact that his home is only blocks from the ocean, may have more to do with the swelling around the vise tube holes than the manufacturing process. Top of the vise, note the dog holes in the top face. I had to remove the pins that held the sliding block in place on the operating tubes. The two inside tubes are fixed, the two outside tubes slide. The tubes were so tight, I had to use a combination of pounding, and letting the vise do its own work against it self. I inserted two blocks of wood between the end tubes, and the stationary block, then screwed the vise closed, and pushed the end stationary block off the tubes. Vise is flipped over and viewing bottom of vise. Finally, after much persuasion and heavy thinking, I got the entire assembly separated. I had to carefully beat and push the blocks off the tubes, imagine how stiff the vise was to actually operate. Now the work begins to create some daylight between the tube holes, and the tubes themselves. I am being creative right now on how to do this, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated. My first thought is to spend some time with a sanding drum on a drill, and just sand the inside of the holes till I have about 1/32nd all around the tubes. I love this old vise, I hope to breath new life into it, and have a fully functional end vise, I know I will, just takes a little elbow grease.
  13. Received this in an email today- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/rikon-grinders?page=1
  14. shawnbrad

    mesquite log bench

    From the album: my furniture

    mesquite log bench. another view
  15. shawnbrad

    Mequite Log Bench

    From the album: my furniture

    mesquite log bench
  16. My haul from last weekend, this is just a partial inventory of what I brought home. I only had to clean and clear a widows garage and out building area. She was a complete sweetheart, I loved hearing the stories of her husband while my son and I worked. The above is just a fraction of what was bestowed upon me. How I came into this, her neighbors are lifelong family friends of ours, and long time friends of hers. She asked our friends what she should do with her late husband's tools, garage sell or give away to someone who will honor the inventory, our friends told her that they knew the perfect recipient of her generosity. Me. So this is how I came into the picture. I have a second Uhaul trip to make down to San Diego to help clear more out. Most of those boxes on my bench, have the same type of valuables you see in the open boxes I showed. Christmas in August.
  17. $18,000 or best offer, it's yours. Personally if I had 15 to 18 grand of disposable income, I'd pick it up in a heartbeat. I love Nakashima designs and the history that surrounds the name. These don't come around too often. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Early-Free-Edge-Walnut-Bench-by-American-Woodworker-George-Nakashima/172438177859?hash=item28261dc843:g:9OsAAOSwEzxYSdXK
  18. Some interesting stuff here. Shows also "you can have too many clamps" And I think I hear a canon in the background. And I think I'd call this "made by hand." I can just imagine some clueless potential customer saying, "Would you take $200 for it?"
  19. Or was it Gene who introduced a table and benches folks could build or buy and not too much work to complete the set up. Its always cheaper in Las Vegas. This little set was on sale close to 8,000.00 american in the forum at Caesars Palace. I ask if they would knock off a little since it had a crack or two showing here and there. Young man, she said, those divine exquisite cracks were put there on purpose. Those are what established the price.!!........So I said, so what if a person sits down and a crack happens to close up on a persons soft cheeks?? Who would we sue???? With a raised eyebrow, she left and came back with the manager. Seems as the price started out at 11,000 american.... Lots of things in Vegas stays in Vegas! Kinda like the saying goes. That episode reminded me when I had a furniture repair- refinish shop in Lubbock. This was when the phone numbers had prefixes before the numbers like SH, PO, SW-54890 and one more I can't remember, with the SW letters it let people know, if anyone really cared, of such things, let the caller know these where the people in south west Lubbock who owned the largest priced homes so they were special and wanted to be treated as such.... I finally decided to try and forget that side of town when I was returning calls made to my repair, refinish business... They were the ones that was impossible to satisfy................... I just don't know why you can't make this wood look and feel like co-co boly just because I bought particle board by mistake and I don't want my neighbors thinking I am stupid.. Why does Las Vegas remind me of my past, not a clue. Maybe its people stuffing quarters in those machines thinking one more quarter and I'll be fixed for life.......or not.
  20. I may have to run out and grab this beauty. This would be prefect for a work station in my chair making process, it would not be my primary bench, but during the assembly process, or? I could also use the screw vises to clamp my steam bent back slats into the forms. Not too mention some hand work obviously can be done on this bench. The only thing I don't like is the rickety base? Or is it rickety? I think the top with vises alone is worth more than what the fellow is asking, I could build a cabinet to go underneath. Opinions? 36" long by width I am not sure. $250.00 and it's an hour and a half away.
  21. This is where 90% of the work gets done in the Dungeon Shop... Not a lot of room? Wait til something gets clamped up... Gets a bit more cramped. Gives me a reason to take the rest of the day....off. Find any tools you can ID?
  22. So I just finished (except for mounting the vises) my workbench which is loosely patterned after the Paul Sellers bench that He uses at his shows. And boy is it rock solid. I made it all from box store 2x4's and a couple of 2x12's for the aprons; most of which I had around the basement. I have 2 record #52 1/2 vises that I will mount tomorrow... I hope. I cant wait to get crackin on the new bench.
  23. Made this a few years ago. It's based on an old how-to plan resurrected by PopWoodworking. Behind is my cuddly grand-daughter and grandson with whom I share a birthday. And a rocking horse from another old plan.
  24. i have designed a rifle shooting bench for the local gun range, have made a prototype so far, to get dimensions worked out, will be making at least 4 in the coming week to fill out the newly expanded rifle range. free plan to anyone interested: shooting bench bill of materials.pdf and remember the 4 basic safety rules: 1. Treat all guns as loaded 2. Keeps guns pointed in a safe direction at all times 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire 4. Know your target and what is beyond. Shooting Bench.pdf
  25. Below (hopefully) is what I want to build. Does anyone have plans? I know it is 5ft long. For outdoor stuff I always fully radius all horizontal pieces. So the stringers, Arm rest and back top and bottom may get radius and the bottom get a saw curf. This is to keep the water off and to stop it from hanging on the bottom edges. Any ideas on how to reverse engineer this would be appreciated.
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