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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. 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! 😊
  3. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Just a quick drive by of my shop in transition. As y'all can see, Mama's car fits!
  13. 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 WWW.JACK-BENCH.COM Workbench plans - DIY wood workbench plans to build your own adjustable height woodworking workbench. Download the... and, Scott Phillips talks with the inventor, who uses a Shopsmith just as a side note! Shop Made Workbenches | American Woodshop VIDEO.WBGU.ORG The ultimate recycled hard maple portable bench
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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  
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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..
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. Received this in an email today- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/rikon-grinders?page=1
  25. shawnbrad

    mesquite log bench

    From the album: my furniture

    mesquite log bench. another view
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