Bench Re-incarnation

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Blog entry by Paul posted 03-06-2013 09:24 PM 1795 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The January 2004 issue of American Woodworker resulted in the first edition of my bench for a few years. Yet, I didn’t feel like I could store it and move it after my deployment to Afghanistan. So, I got rid of the base and saved the top, vices, hardware and drawer slides. The second edition is in the making. The three plywood boxes are the “core” of this heavy solid bench with great convenient storage of tools right at your fingertips.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 11:04 PM

Looks like a good start. And of course we’ll wanna see the finished piece.

Oh ,,, and THANKS for your service! (insert saluting smiley face here)

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 08:46 PM

Thank you for your service! I look forward to seeing your finished workbench!

-- Joe

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 10:52 PM

Well, it’s been hit and miss for the past 200+ days. I didn’t track the slow progress well because I was constantly frustrated with working around “stuff” in the way. And I didn’t set up the first post appropriately to link them together in a blog series the right way. But here’s where it stands now. I finally feel like I’m getting organized. Boxes further beefed up. Bench top mounted on base with angle iron and risers. Vices back on the bench. Casters make it easy to pull away from the wall. Six sliding trays installed. I’m out of order too, of course. I should have wrapped the boxes with the fa├žade of my choice. I’m leaning toward red oak in the style of mag cover. Still need to make a lever to raise it up on set it on removable “blocks” when I want it to be rock solid. May show my wall cabinets, etc. when I get them fully fitted with my hand tools.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 11:34 PM

Welcome back Paul. Glad you’re home Safe.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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