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Blog series by gpastor updated 04-05-2011 05:26 PM 10 parts 62578 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: mortise and tenon

02-15-2011 03:39 AM by gpastor | 1 comment »

Like most of my projects, it is an occasion for a new tool. The Pantorouterplans by For more info or a pantorouter see This is the plans will make some mods

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Part 2: base assembly

02-15-2011 03:51 AM by gpastor | 4 comments »

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Part 3: base com

02-16-2011 03:44 AM by gpastor | 4 comments »

Hand cut dovetail in top front rail. Base all glued up Guled up the top in two parts

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Part 4: Belt sander hack - sanding top

02-18-2011 01:18 AM by gpastor | 7 comments »

The bench top ends are just rough cut. What to do? SEE—- Belt sander hack – sanding top

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Part 5: bench top - getting the ends squared up

02-18-2011 01:58 AM by gpastor | 1 comment »

To help get the rough cut end squarded up, i am rubbing pencil lead on to the edge of the squar then slid it over the end across the top too You can see that the high spots have pencil lead (graphite) on them. Sand, than repeat.

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Part 6: How tall is your work bench?

02-23-2011 11:07 PM by gpastor | 11 comments »

This is the height of my old workbench 33”. For me it was to low unless I was doing something like hand planing then it was fine. What make a good work bench height? I considered a few things:1- What was I going to do most on the bench. For me that was not hand planning 2- How tall I am. At 6’-1” a 33” top is low 3- My eye sight. A high bench brought the work closer to my eyes 4- Will I be standing or sitting. I am on me feet all day at work, so on the weekends when I am...

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Part 7: What is your Vice ? - Wilton Universal Turret Vise

02-26-2011 12:48 AM by gpastor | 4 comments »

Had to cut into the base to mount my old Wilton vice. Here is some info. I found on the web about this viseIn 1959 Wilton invented what they called the Wilton Universal Turret Vise, which is in essence a Patternmakers vise. It had two jaws that swiveled into place on the turret to allow the user to hold large items for woodworking, or with a flip metal working or even pipe clamping jaws could b called into action. The patent was finally granted in 1961, but by then the vise had already been...

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Part 8: End vise DIY

02-26-2011 02:00 AM by gpastor | 2 comments »

I bought an old leg vice on ebay last year to make this end viseglued 2 halves to make the head drilled out for the vise nut and for the washer in the head wood chips in my coffe, what could be better then that?Opposite of the main vise screw is a linear motion bearingbBushing a lot of drillingIn the end

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Part 9: Frame for drawers and panels

03-12-2011 04:41 AM by gpastor | 2 comments »

I like the Shaker feel of this design. With the drawers and cupboard storage. I made my bench just the draws and no cupboard. I have had benches with open area or just a shelf under the top and they always ended up being a catch-all, so a set of drawers was a good alternative and you never have too much storage space that is close at hand.I do not like painting wood but it keep well with the shaker look and I could save some money by buying poplar as the substrate. The poplar panels are 3/8” ...

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Part 10: WWAD/HD Finished at last

04-05-2011 05:26 PM by gpastor | 2 comments »

WWADHDWoodwork’s Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity DisorderFinished at last There seems to be a point in every project that I become easily distracted or lose attention to getting the project finished. The project loses its charm or I get bored or think about the next project. I admitted I have WWAD/HD, yes it is true. I confess that I built a china cabinet for my wife that took 12 years to finish. I told people that I didn’t have the money to finish it or I didn’t have the tim...

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