Shop Remodel #38: Two Month Anniversary

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 01-23-2016 03:20 AM 1255 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 37: Last puzzle piece again, the fifth corner ;) Part 38 of Shop Remodel series Part 39: What's Behind Door #1 »

So today marks the two month date since I started this remodel. I scheduled for three months, but orders are starting to pile up and the plane till might have to get left off until I can get to it as well as the inside of the tool cabinet. So far so good, but there is still much to do.

I got the base put together today and thee top leveled and mortised in place.

I put a coat of finish on the base before I stuck it together.

Here is what it looked like two months ago.

In other news I got the hobbit desk plans done and they should be going out next week as soon as I get the blueprints back from the printers. I know some happy woodworking Tolkienians that will be happy to get these.

Probably my favorite build of all time and I am not a big hobbit fan or I wasn’t until I made the desk and then saw its’ doppelganger at the end of the last movie.

I have been trying to get further in the videos, but they are really waiting on me to finish building the items. I have plans to make my first video that is about something else on making a marking knife for dovetailing. It should be fun.
Have a great weekend and thanks to everyone for following along with me on this build.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 04:29 AM

Everything is coming along nicely! Can’t wait to see your bench finished. Your Sketchup plans looks great and definitely worth all the time and effort you have put into them Brian!

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#2 posted 01-23-2016 04:57 AM

It’s (almost) all looking great, Brian. Please say you’re gonna do something about the outlet covers. ;-b

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 01-23-2016 03:02 PM

Wow, what a transformation to the shop, Brian!
Bench looks fabulous.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 01-23-2016 04:13 PM

Very nicely done, great progress

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 05:34 PM

Looking great Brian! What finish did you use on the base? It really brings out the character.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 08:02 PM

For the bench I made a mix of finish that is similar to the Maloof base finish. It is a mix of minwax wipe on poly/ tung oil/ and boiled linseed oil. I put that over everything liberally and then wiped it off after about 10 minutes. The poly helps seal the wood good and since it is a bench it will get oiled every so often. For the rest of the coats I will be using a tung oil/ boiled linseed oil and beeswax mix that I make. That is the same I will use for the top.

-- Brian Noel

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