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  1. DuckSoup

    Repurpose Desk

    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
  2. John Morris

    What's On Your Work Bench?

    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!
  3. John Morris

    Shop Organization

    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.
  4. John Morris

    End Vise Tune Up

    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.
  5. John Morris


    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.
  6. Received this in an email today- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/rikon-grinders?page=1
  7. shawnbrad

    mesquite log bench

    From the album: my furniture

    mesquite log bench. another view
  8. shawnbrad

    Mequite Log Bench

    From the album: my furniture

    mesquite log bench
  9. John Morris

    Hand Tool Bounty

    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.
  10. $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
  11. kmealy

    curved bench

    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?"
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. steven newman

    My little work area

    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?
  15. dsbender

    woodworking bench

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Michael Thuman

    Garden Bench plans

    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.
  19. John Moody

    Hand Bench Grinders

    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.
  20. Gerald

    Bench PIP

    This bench was the culmination of 2 years of search and design combination. The design came from several places among them Shopnotes, Wood and the internet. It took me almost 2 years to find a sawmill with the white oak to do the build. Meanwhile I was accumulating the hardware. The front vise and tail vise came fron Lee Valley. Also bed bolts to connect the frame to ends. The front jaw on the front vise was a glue up of 4 pieces of maple salvaged from a bench in a retail store. This is the leg blanks cut to size and awaiting glue up. This is not the glue up of the legs, but the setup to be glued. I used waxed inserts to hold the slot size placement when doing the glueup. above are the legs ready for cross braces. to the right are the legs dry fitted. Cross braces are rabbited to fit mortise and protrude from the frame to allow chamfering the ends. This is a close up of the bed bolts in action for the top rail. The frame with lower shelf of plywood dropped into a rabbit in the lower frame. This is the glueup for the lower frame. Now time to begin the top with 3 layers of MDF glued and screwed together with careful placement of screws so as not to interfere with dog holes. Banded with white oak and enought space at the top for a layer of masonite so top can be changed if ever needed. Then work on the bottom with ends. The completed bench . Now time for drawers. Drawers have dividers and more enhancements added since the photos were done. The finish is from Mickley on Wood Finishing Forum(glad I printed out lots from the old days) . I will have to look that up in the shop and post later, but the glue easily pops off the finish.
  21. John Morris

    Rocker Workbench

    I love a bench at the end of the day, it has so much character, here is my bench after working on a Claro Walnut Rocker.
  22. steven newman

    Start and stop, again

    Seems like everytime I get going good down in the shop, I have to stop and play "Driving Miss Daisey" for the Boss. Usually takes up half the day......like this morning's excursion into the Dungeon Shop.. Got some things moved around, and finished the last mortise on the #1 side frame.. Looking decent enough. Had a few trips upstairs to bring down other tools......then had to clear almost everything off the bench, cleanest it has been in weeks, BTW, just to set #2 side frame where I could work on it Even the chisel rack was emptied out. Laid out for some more mortises.. And allowed a few tools back onto the bench. . You know, just the needful ones, right. Got to chopping away, soon had one mortise fitted Square is set to the depth I have to dig to. Then I had to add the flat area. Cleaned that up with a plane or two. More chopping, and the next hole was dug.. Been using that #78 to polish the flats a bit. Decided to stop ( my mistake) and place side frame #1 back in place, to check the fits, and the front seat support... Quite a bit of fine tuning to do, someday. Still need to do the front and rear support's mortises. Got just to this point.....time to go drive someone around town, again.... Well, picked up some sandpaper and two 7/8" dowels. Those will go through the front legs and the back legs, and maybe a wedge. Should be fun to drill that. IF I get some more shoptime, I can chop two mortises, and then figure out HOW to glue this thing up. Once it does get out of the army of clamps, I can fit the center seat support, and those dowels. Oh, and I guess i had better resaw some slats for a seat? Need to make some armrests...much later.. Now, getting shop time? Twould be a nice thing, it would.....
  23. lew


    From the album: Lew's Basement Shop

    West wall- jointer, drill press old seas work bench

    © Lewis Kauffman

  24. steven newman

    needed a chunk of plywood...

    The old bench has been getting a bit wigglely....needed some extra stuff added to the legs. had a sheet of 1/2" pine plywood, almost a full sheet. Measured the area round back of the bench. Needed a piece 1/2" by 28" by 48".....the 48" part could have been an inch or too longer, but. figured I could lop off the end of the plywood sheet. Needed to mark a line......no chalk line? Off to Wall E World, buy a Stanley chalk box. It also had a thing of chalk, and a string line level.....filled the empty box....set the bottle aside, and threw out the level. Line levels are worthless, anyway. Set up the sawbench on the back porch. Waddled out the back door with the sheet of plywood. Always wear gloves doing that. Ran an E-Cord for power out there. brought a Vintage saw along as well. Chalking a line single handed is not the easiest thing to do. Saw is a SKIL Home Shop 6" circular saw, that might be older than I am. Vintage saw? Well, I nolonger have the get-um up and go for a handsaw for this sort of thing. Arms aren't long enough to reach all the way across ( 4 feet??), so I went halfway across, shut the saw off, walk around and pull the saw towards me....not the best, but safer than reaching all the way across. Not the best I ever did.....but where this is going, didn't have to be perfect. Put the toys away, waddled down the stairs to the shop with the new panel. Later, I waddled down again with the leftover sheet. Needed to move the bench way over, in order to get behind it, and work. The bar on the end vise came in handy, to lift, and drag. Slapped the new panel in place.. Took a bit, was a tight fit. Had to go back upstairs, find the drill/driver. Came back down,....where are the drywall screws??? On the other side of the bench, of course. It was a bit of a stretch, finally got the box to where I could use them. Ran a few screws through the plywood, and into the legs, both of the back legs 4-5 on each leg. Put the toys up, grab the end of the bench and drag it back into it's spot on the floor. I was even able to slide the bench forward until it rested against the drill press stand. A check for any wiggles......none felt. Maybe I can find a use for the leftovers. Maybe a new shelf, or two? After all that work....I think these two have the right idea.. My Shop Cat on the left, grandson's is on the right. Table was made from a Sycamore plank a few years ago. Maybe now I can work on some Walnut?
  25. steven newman

    such a sad sight

    Cleared the decks.. Nothing going on, anyway. An empty bench, sad to see.....cleaned the tool well out.. Like a Ghost Town..( might ask gene about all of this...)

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