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Blog entry by Stofrank posted 01-13-2019 11:45 PM 562 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father was always doing something to keep busy either working at his job or in his garage after work. It wasn’t until later I realized he was always trying to make another dollar to support the family. He always knew how to fix anything or would find out how to if he didn’t know. From working on cars to electricity to plumbing to woodworking or repairing the walls we supposedly damaged. He came from a generation that figured out how to. To that I am most grateful, I always appreciated and admired his abilities but for the life of me I could never do what he was able to do. I have found I dislike cars other than driving one, electricity scares me, can’t solder a lick nor can I do anything with concrete or plaster. But working with wood has always been something that was intriguing to me. To this part of him I dedicate my bench.

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#1 posted 01-13-2019 11:56 PM

As I recall he said in 1950’s he went to a home and flower show and saw the first Shopsmith I guess he left enough of an impression ( or enough hints) on mom and grandma that my grandmother gave him the money to purchase his first machine. When I first saw it in the the 60’s in our basement I was very curious, later he started to show me how it worked. I will never forget that time.

What was always a problem to me was after cutting a pile of wood was that you needed a place to assemble the pieces parts. Working on the ground or on saw horses was dangerous to say the least. And believe me I tried. Years later I was able to acquire a steel base bench with a laminated maple top from work that I still have. It was a step up but rather wobbly and I knew or should I say I needed a better bench to work with. Time went by and things got in the way but I have finally have the one I have always dreamed about.

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 12:06 AM

Awesome, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 12:20 AM

I have read numerous publications on theory and design from Scott landis, Charles Swartz and John Tetreault let alone all the blogs and forums, Pinterest , YouTube . All of them just made me want to build THE bench. I knew I wanted a leg Vise using a wooden screw and a tail-vise. With that said the one bench had to be the Roubo style. I purchased Johns plans but made a few subtle changes. Had to have the thru tenon and sliding dovetail for the legs. I figured why not, if your going to go big…
Thank you.

If it wasn’t for my wife I probably would not have started this dream. Without her encouragement and support it would not have been a reality. And might I add with her advice.

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