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In the beginning, which is right now, there is an old garage workshop that came with our new/old house, and it comes complete with a warped and rotted workbench. Making this into a working workshop will be project 1, and will probably always be a project for us.

First step was to clean it out and rip up part of the warped old bench.

UPDATE – dec 22 2014 – MY father-in-law came out to visit, and despite the cold unheated building, he and I re-created the top of our workbench. We framed it with 2×3s and made the top with two 3/4 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Pine plywood project panels. I still need to fill in some rough bits and sand it down, then seal/stain or varnish somehow to keep from messing it up right away! (Something that we attempted to do right from the get-go with an oily chainsaw! We remembered to place some plastic down though.) I think that this will be a great ‘starting out’ work surface for us. With my father-in-law to share outdoor crafts with, and my mother-in-law to share my indoor fiber arts, I’m going to want the inlaws to come hang out more often!

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"


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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 12:21 AM

Well we all had to start somewhere, and it looks like you have the basic beginnings to have a nice shop.

Oh and WELCOME to LJs!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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ConnieReed

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 02:12 AM

Thank you JoeinGa! We’re looking forward to setting it up, stocking it up, and learning to use it. It seems our to-do list grows every day… and that’s actually a really good feeling. Having a shop makes our new house feel more like a home.

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 02:28 AM

Welcome aboard.

Ron Paulk has built several versions of his work bench. Check his videos. You might get some ideas that will work for your shop.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3FUE8776aY

Note: I wish I had that much room in my one car garage! :-(

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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ConnieReed

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 03:00 AM

That’s an impressive workbench! I think we need a more basic bench first, in order to work up to building that sort of uber-bench. We’re really just beginners, although both my husband and I come from families who build stuff. One of the reasons that I did not tear out the old bench completely is that the floor is very slightly sloped, so I needed a guide. Learning from the one who worked it before seems like a good way to start. I will check out more of his videos though, for tips and ideas, thanks!

And yes, we are lucky to have this much room in the garage/shop, but this is partly because we aren’t using it as a garage. The garage door has been replaced with regular large doors, the driveway and carport are not connected to it, nor is it connected to the house. I think that it must have once been used as a hobby garage (looks like welding gear was once installed) rather than a typical home garage. Come cold winter time though, I might be wishing we had more garage and less shop! ;-)

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 10:28 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Hope you enjoy the journey as much as we do.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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CincyRW

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#6 posted 11-03-2014 02:13 AM

The space is the important thing. Maybe you make your new work bench with a few pieces of the old one – kind of a “nod” to the past and the previous owner.

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ConnieReed

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 04:04 AM

Thank you for the welcome Monte! And Cincy, the base of the bench is actually in pretty good shape. We might just redo the top. :) Whoever owned this house and did all the work on it and the shop knew what they were doing. The ones who owned it for the last 10 years let it slide a bit, but the ‘bones’ of the place are good.

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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niftynoel

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#8 posted 12-22-2014 05:19 AM

It’s going to be neat… please post more as it progresses… It’ll be fun to watch.

-- Noel

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ConnieReed

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#9 posted 12-23-2014 07:44 PM

Will do Noel! I’m loving the fact that we have this space for a shop, but as we’re still moving in and settling into our new place, things are progressing a little slowly. I’m sure that I’ll have more time to go out and play after the holidays. Merry Christmas everybody :)

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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niftynoel

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 02:49 AM

So, it’s already coming along. Thank you for the compliment re my Granddaughter. But, of course, I already know how cute she is – and smart. Glad you picked Maryland – love it. Our niece, though she works in Australia, has a home in Baltimore… and my great grandfather was from an area south of Westminster… have spent time in the area doing genealogy. Merry Christmas to you and welcome home. By the by, workbenches are number 1.

-- Noel

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ConnieReed

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 03:09 AM

We looked at homes near Westminster! It’s all pretty in that area. We enjoy doing genealogy too, although we’ve been overseas for a long time so who knows, maybe now we can actually visit libraries and graves for real? If you’re ever hunting for something specific out here, give a holler, maybe we can help. It’s a fascinating hobby. We are not from this area originally, so we have so much to learn!

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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niftynoel

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#12 posted 12-24-2014 05:34 AM

Great Connie – We met up with an old friend from college a year ago in Westminster (after trudging through cemeteries and the archives in Frederick). He and his wife introduced us to a seafood restaurant there named Johanssons. Super. Maryland is beautiful.

-- Noel

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alysonsdad

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#13 posted 01-05-2015 03:30 AM

welcome, I was stationed at Fort Meade in the early seventies. you should start with hand tools. Beware of overpriced junk at antique stores.

-- Illegitimi non carborundum

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ConnieReed

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 08:24 PM

Ft Meade is still a big, bustling compound. A good area to avoid during rush hour! (Of course, I could say the same for most of the DC area :) !) I have, in past, worked with hand tools. My father had an awesome shop and enjoyed making and repairing wood and mechanical things of all sorts. I loved hanging out with him and working with him. Cleaning out his shop when he passed away was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but a lot of his things went to other handymen (who really appreciated his things!) so that was a good feeling. One of the first things he ever handed me was a rasp, some sand paper, and a chunk of soft redwood to play with – that was when I was real little, 5-6yo.. I have no idea what I ‘made’ (besides sawdust) but I remember working away at it and learning how the wood splits and shapes. Slow is a good way to start. My father is gone, and we’ve been overseas and away from tools for about a decade now. I’ve got my father-in-law to help us out, although he’s on the other coast, but we’re pretty much starting off from scratch.

Fortunately, my father was a good handyman. He taught me to be very picky about ‘antiques’ and other retail furniture. Pressed wood and IKEA style stuff is fine, in it’s place and when it’s sold cheap… but yea, there are those who try to pass it off as ‘real’ furniture at high prices and I’m shocked that people pay so much for it! Of course, trying to find real wood furniture is not that easy as so many people do want the cheap and easy stuff – supply and demand! Being picky means doing without sometimes though. We’ve been looking for desks for the kids and have simply not been happy with what we’ve found, and are not yet skilled enough to make them. We’ll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime, they are doing without.

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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Roger

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#15 posted 02-24-2016 07:00 PM

Looks like a gr8 place to start. You’ll get it together. Time and patience….........and a little green.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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