New Additions #1: - or - The New Workbench My Beloved Buddy Facilitated the Purchase of.

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 12-07-2015 09:17 AM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a new workbench last night. And, after about four hours of back-breaking toil I also got a bunch more room here in the Dungeon. I know what you’re thinking. “Why didn’t you build your own, Woodsmith?” I will, someday, when the stars align, build a workbench modeled after, if not directly from the plans of Paul’s V8, mebees with a little something added from Charlie’s noodle. This was on sale, for less than half-price. And it has a tail vise, something I’ve always wanted.

I fancy mybadself a very good cook, also. Yet, I use salsa that comes in a jar. And sketti sauce, too.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 11:44 AM

Nice Bench, Mark.

Where did you put all the stuff?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 11:58 AM

And now you have to find a new home for all that STUFF on the right side, so you can actually USE that tailvise, which you always wanted ;-)

Nice workbench, Bud !

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 12:49 PM

Sweet looking bench! Mine’s one I bought from Sears 100 years ago.

Shouldn’t take long to fill it back up!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 02:33 PM

I need that nice looking bench Mark… Where did you say you lived?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 10:10 PM

Three drawers are very handy. One of them actually said, “I’m a junk drawer.”
Joe, this bench is a foot shorter than the old one, and it’s light enough to swing the tail vise end, if I need to open the vise more than a couple inches.
The two boxes in the last photo contain 1) All the contents that were in the drawer, and; B) All the tools that were situated on a peg board attached to the end of the old bench. (A real dust collector, was that.) The (1) box was now able to be sorted out and distributed among three drawers. I don’t want to attach the peg board to this bench, so, all the tools (wrenches, pliers, dikes, and whatnot) went into a tool box. All the tools that had found a comfy home on my old benchtop, and that get used constantly, went in the drawer under the face vise. The printer on the undershelf of the old bench, which doesn’t work, went in my bedroom, where it now sits on top of the other printer that doesn’t work. That freed up about two feet of shelf space. All those cans and bottles in the first photo went into a cabinet, and the rags into a bag.
Tony: Harbor Freight. Less than half-price, til the end of the month. The hardest part of this was the rearrangement of “stuff.” That, and taking the old bench apart (ALONE). Yeah, That was the hardest part. The “stuff” rearrangement paled by comparison. The top weighs in at around three-hundred-fifty pounds. One end at a time weighs considerably less. (My neighbors don’t love me like you guys do. That’s why I dearly wish that at least one of you lived in my town, or even, in my county.) My back’s shot today. Shot, I say.

I just noticed that I’m getting really close to my ten-thousandth photo on this camera. God bless the digital age. The money and effort saved in photo processing in enormous.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 10:29 PM

Nice Mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 10:38 PM

Thanks, GMan.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 10:48 PM

Lamp repaired, bench assembled, time for a coffee, after signing a few bowls of course!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 10:50 PM

And letting the medication take effect.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 12-08-2015 12:54 AM

Nice addition

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

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#11 posted 12-08-2015 02:05 AM

Build a bench or burn a bowl, all a great day in the shop. Nice bench Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-08-2015 03:15 AM

”Doesn’t this look comfy?”
I don’t know about comfy. It does look all too familiar!
Congratulations on the new bench and vise(s), Mark.
My sister recently bought me a book titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Kindle Edition)
by Marie Kondo

Wanna borrow it?

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 12-08-2015 05:03 AM

I like the label on that one drawer “I’m a junk drawer” I have whole closets where I could use that one!

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans

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Mark Wilson

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#14 posted 12-08-2015 09:09 PM

Candy, it’d get buried underneath something by the time I thought to read it. Things that come in here all seem to be critters of a burrowing nature.
Charlie, I watched the shop tour video (and commented on it). Please. You fairly drip with organizational skills.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 12-09-2015 04:46 PM

I think those benches belong on the harbor freight gems list. May not be the perfect bench and not as spiffy as one you build yourself, but when on sale for half price…

I use mine all the time although do need to mount a face vise. Last time i was in the vise mood, I got side tracked trying to find an old Record (or modern knock off) and never followed through.

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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