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Blog series by Big Ben updated 02-24-2011 10:54 PM 6 parts 18548 reads 55 comments total

Part 1: Workshop: Clamps Storage

01-03-2011 06:45 PM by Big Ben | 7 comments »

With the start of the New Year, I figured I would really start things off on the right foot and get my shop cleaned and organized. I have an number of projects that I would like to complete but my woodworking ADD has gotten the best of me. So I figure I would start small and make some clamp racks, one of pipe clamps and one for bar clamps. Pipe Clamp RackFrom Woodworking From Woodworking Bar Clamp Rack From Woodworking From Woodworking I am a hobbyist so most of my clamps are Harbor...

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Part 2: Drill Press Table and other shop upgrades

01-13-2011 03:54 PM by Big Ben | 5 comments »

While I have not completed the drill press table, I figured I would post some of the upgrades to the shop that I have been working on. As far as the drill press table is nothing fancy but very functional. I still need to add some T-Track to the fence other that it has work fine. I used it to mortise the legs of my bench and the only issue I had was that I had to remove the table to change the height of the table but I think that is a function of the drill press (I have a 10” Ryobi). ...

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Part 3: Workbench

01-14-2011 03:55 PM by Big Ben | 25 comments »

My old bench was just not cutting it. Not sturdy enough for using hand planes, could not store other large tools, it was too low (I am 6’7”) and it was just not cool. From Woodworking For my new bench I choose to use Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) for the top and Douglas Fir for the legs. Here are some of the other choices I made for the bench: From Woodworking Legs – Co planer with top, 5.25” x 5” x 39” with Mortise and Tenon joints that will be pegge...

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Part 4: Bench Legs, Stretcher Questions and Lumber Rack

01-19-2011 01:20 AM by Big Ben | 5 comments »

I have not had much shop time but I have glued up and pegged the legs. The pegs worked well and the joint as very tight. But I do have some questions on the stretcher, currently I have the two stretchers at 2 5/8” Wide x 3” High x 48” Long. My question that size (2 5/8” x 3”) sufficient to hold the following: Drill Press http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/power_tools/benchtop/DP102LPlaner http://www.dewalt.com/tools/machinery-portable-thickness-planers-dw734...

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Part 5: Completed Workbench

02-09-2011 04:44 AM by Big Ben | 10 comments »

I finally done getting the bench together, I beefed up the lower shelf with 2.5” with .5” rabbet for the slats to fit in, I had enough left over scrap to complete the shelf. I did however miscalculate and will not be able store the compressor on it. BUT I did get a Ridgid Band Saw which I may be able to use to store. (Band Saw step will be my next blog and project). I still need to apply BLO finish but I am having to much fun using it to stop now. From Woodworking The lower ...

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Part 6: Hand Tool Till

02-24-2011 10:54 PM by Big Ben | 3 comments »

My next shop project was suppose to be my Band Saw but that was pretty boring to talk about. I did the basic tuning, new cooling block, adjusted guides. I have yet to make the mobile base but that will happen when I need to move it around. What have been working on is a hand tool till. I decided I wanted to do more advanced joinery and having my tool spread out was a real pain. I will be adding more at time goes on but here it is at this point.The till holds my #8, #7, #6, #5, # 4 and LA...

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