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Blog series by Tomcat1066 updated 02-19-2008 12:48 PM 5 parts 13179 reads 61 comments total

Part 1: A challenge for myself

02-14-2008 04:04 PM by Tomcat1066 | 17 comments »

On my drive into work today, I came up with an interesting challenge for myself. Based somewhat off the 2×4 challenge, I plan to take a 2×12 of souther yellow pine, and construct a bench, using just this one board. I think it would make a fun and entertaining project. Here are the guidelines I’ve laid out for myself: 1. Just 1 8’ 2×12. After all that I saw made with a 2×4, I couldn’t just make it TO easy, right? 2. No metal fastners of any typ...

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Part 2: A Slight Modification

02-16-2008 03:32 AM by Tomcat1066 | 5 comments »

I normally don’t post blogs this close together, but there’s a post that does not need to be on the front page. I hope you will all forgive me. Today found me at my local Lowe’s, looking for an 8’ 2×12 and other necessities for the Challenge. However, I found the biggest challenge to be finding an 8’ 2×12. Apparently, the local Lowe’s only had 12’ and 16’. I opted for the 12’ since cash was a little tight, and had it cut i...

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Part 3: We're underway!

02-16-2008 10:33 PM by Tomcat1066 | 17 comments »

Yesterday, I stopped by a certain big blue retailer to pick up the materials for my bench. I spent just a hair over $30.00 on a 12’ 2×12, some stain, some wipe on poly, and some Titebond II. I got started about 9 AM Eastern, and took lots of pics. First, the aforementioned wood: As I mentioned yesterday, I had them cut it into 6’ sections so it would fit in the Grand Cherokee. Also, the aforementioned liquid stuff: As any rational human being would do, I s...

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Part 4: Sexy Legs

02-18-2008 01:34 AM by Tomcat1066 | 9 comments »

Early this morning, before the sun was even up, I was sharpening. When you’re a hand tool guy, sharpening is something you must do, and must do well. Sharp blades will slice easily through wood. Dull blades, not so much. Sharpness was essential for today’s work. Why? Today was the day to shape the legs. If you recall, when I left off yesterday, the legs were less than spectacular, to say the least. How about a quick recap? The jigsaw didn’t exactly make a good...

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Part 5: A Bad Day

02-19-2008 12:48 PM by Tomcat1066 | 13 comments »

Not much got done yesterday. Did you ever have one of those days when nothing seemed to go right? Well, I did yesterday. After a much later start than I wanted, I find that I had forgotten about shaping the stretcher. So, I get to work on that. It kills a bit of time, but I finally get it in the rough shape that I wanted. I then had to fix the tenons on the legs. They were really to large. Originally, I had thought to have the tenons be the entire thickness of the legs. However, ...

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