The Holtzapffel Project #3: A shop tour

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Blog entry by kem posted 05-19-2008 02:24 AM 7926 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been over 7 weeks since my last entry, but it took about that long for the wood to dry out enough. For the first 3 weeks, the wood was drying very slowly probably because it was still cold out here in Denver.

In the mean time, I spent some time adding dust collection to the shop and also built this sweet sawbench/sawhorse from Chris Schwarz's design.

Stackable sawbench/sawhorse

This gave me some good practice milling up the lumber and also with some finishing. I used the natural Watco Danish oil on the douglas fir and I really like the warmth it added to the wood. I’m planning on using it to finish the workbench.

Natural Watco Danish oil on Douglas fir

I started working on the bench a week ago and have made quite a bit of progress on the legs and top. Before showing that, I thought I’d take you on a little shop tour.


It all starts with the jointer. I got one with a 56” bed which has been very useful in milling up the top boards. I don’t really like the mobile base, but I need it to keep using this second bay for parking a car. I’ve also found that I don’t like these pusher pads. For the fir they were ok, but for moving rough 8/4 hard maple, they were useless.


Here’s the planer and the first use of the sawbench and sawhorse as a planer stand. I made the crude looking dust collection hood and it works amazingly well.

Table saw

Here’s the table saw. The outfeed table is the second thing that I built after a mobile clamp cabinet. Someday I’ll add edging to the melamine and route slots for a miter gauge. The trash can on the left has one of those chip separator lids. It works great. I’ve found that I need to empty it when it gets about 1/3 full. After that, everything heads to the impeller.

Miter saw

I love this sliding compound miter saw. I plan on building it a nice cabinet home one of these days.


Here’s my set of clamps and the first project that I built, the mobile clamp cabinet. There are some more larger quik clamps on the back. I just got the Jet 12” clamps after using the huge bessey clamps for the legs. I like the Jet clamps much better than the Bessey’s. There more comfortable to use and there’s none of those shocks when a Bessey’s handle is flying down the shaft. I should have gone with the Jets when I first started buying clamps.

And finallly, here’s one tool that I’ve found incredibly useful so far. A 72” straight edge made from a jointed hard maple board. Highly recommended for building your top!

Straight edge

Alright, I’m going to finish gluing up the top now. I’ll try to post another entry on the legs this evening. Ciao.

-- Kevin

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 03:28 AM

thanks for the shop tour. Those are some nice tools that you have there. the miter saw is nice to but i think that it would look awesome with a cabinet like you said that you were planning on building. thanks for the update.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 03:49 AM

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the tour. You have some nice tools to play with.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 10:15 PM

Great tour. I like you planer dust collector;
i plan to adopt something like it. Thanks for the tip!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 05-20-2008 09:36 AM

Looks as though you have plenty of room to work or add more later if needed.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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