Workshop redo #1: I Have a Terrible Habit

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Blog entry by DJL1031 posted 03-14-2018 11:38 PM 796 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am away from my home today. Away from the sawdust, smell of fresh cut cherry and paper thin ribbons of excess wood on my shop floor. I will not be dusting off my pants and shirt at 130 or 200AM. I will make no progress on the several projects that I have going on, both in and out of the shop. The time away has given me a chance to reflect on this short week and plan for my homecoming. That is when I plan on finishing my workbench replacement….. for about the third time in as many quarters. You, see, I have a bad habit of thinking that the wood will be so much easier to work with on the other side of the fence. I would have written “the wood is greener… but that would have been silly. Seriously, I think I have a real problem. This time I really mean it, though: I am going to make the perfect work bench. One that my granddaughters will fight over after I’m gone.

In the past I have cobbled together a workable solution, but this time I started from scratch. I am using materials leftover from abandon projects, 2x’s from Bulky Trash Week and some left over set pieces from my youngest son’s photography shoots. This project has allowed me to practice many aspects of this noble pursuit: use of planes, manual joinery, glue ups and basic techniques to improve my overall skills as a woodworker. It has been interesting, entertaining and challenging, but I am ready to put this baby through its paces. Wish me luck…Oh, and by the way, my method of construction may cause some of your ears to bleed, heads to explode or maybe even worse! I am working without a plan, scaled drawings or anything except for a vision in my head. This would totally freak my son out, a blossoming craftsman”: WHAT?!?#? NO PLAN? ARE YOU CRAZY?

More to come…..

-- Dave "It's not what the man makes out of wood, but what the wood makes out of the man"

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