My first "real" workbench

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Blog series by Kent updated 04-03-2016 12:32 PM 3 parts 5248 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Benches that I've owned and used

03-16-2016 01:50 PM by Kent | 4 comments »

This entry is to provide you with some of my background experience. It might help you better understand some of my upcoming design decisions. So let’s go… I started my journey into woodworking land with a Black and Decker Workmate 300. For all its limitations, it was a good tool. Certainly, at the time (early 1980s), it was far superior to any work that I was capable of producing with my skill set. Over the years this poor thing was used and abused, left outside to experience s...

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Part 2: Okay. So why do I need a bench now?

03-24-2016 03:02 PM by Kent | 5 comments »

If you’ve read part 1 of this blog, you know that I’ve never had a “real” workbench. With everything I’ve done in the past, I’d focused on the power tools. That’s not a bad thing, but it meant that I didn’t do ANY handwork that couldn’t be done with a machine, and that if it couldn’t be done with a machine, then I would avoid it :-0 It’s not that I didn’t want to do any handwork, but rather that the machine work allowe...

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Part 3: The tail is wagging the dog

04-03-2016 12:32 PM by Kent | 7 comments »

This could also be called: “Cut, then measure…” I still don’t have much of a plan. Sure, I’ve seen a lot of really good ideas and gotten a lot of inspiration from the web and Lumberjocks. I’ve even read through almost all of the Mother of all Workbench discussions. Only 50 more pages to go until I’ve caught up! But this lack of planning hasn’t stopped me from starting to build my workbench. I’ve already brought much of the wood that ...

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