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Blog series by Matt updated 08-04-2014 01:25 AM 4 parts 5796 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: Workbench kick off

07-15-2014 10:19 PM by Matt | 2 comments »

As a home owner I’ve struggled for years with projects because I don’t have a solid work surface. When I started wood carving recently this became painfully obvious. So now I’ve decided to invest in a proper workbench. After looking at 100s of benches online and in books I think I know what I want: Size: 6’ long, 24” deep. This will fit my workspace well. Work clamping: 1) A leg vice. For this I will use this from Veritas: http://www.veritastoo...

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Part 2: Purchased my base material tonight (and my table saw is better than I hoped)

07-27-2014 03:11 AM by Matt | 4 comments »

Well, tonight I went to the big orange store and picked up the lumber for my bench base: (8) 2×10x10’ “premium” construction lumber. It took a while picking through the pile to find something approaching reasonable. My plan is to rip them and plane them tomorrow on my new Steel City planer (not the spiral blade version). This is to prep them for glue up. I plan to laminate the legs boards with a finish cross section of about 7×4 1/8”. When I laminate t...

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Part 3: Frame lumber is milled to size

07-27-2014 07:56 PM by Matt | 0 comments »

I made a lot of saw dust today. What did you do?? LOL!!

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Part 4: uh oh... I let the smoke out of my table saw...

08-04-2014 01:25 AM by Matt | 4 comments »

Well… this might slow the project down a bit… My table saw is now parked in my driveway just in case it re-ignites during the night. It was a cheap craftsman, but it s the only table saw I’ve got. Smoke was pouring out from under it filling the garage with noxious fumes. So… what to do now? I wasn’t really ready to go invest, but maybe now is the time…. can I get something worthwhile for $500? I’ve watched CL a bit and see very expensive and...

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