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  1. French Workbench

    I just completed my workbench! It is inspired by Roy Underhill's "Roubo" and other antique examples of French benches I've found online. I started it over a year ago. However, there were other projects in between, not the least of these was learning how to make my own wooden screws! I blogged...
  2. More fun with scraps!

    On my way home from work every day the last couple of weeks I have been taking the back roads searching for fallen tree limbs. I now have a decent stack of dried out limbs of various local tree types. Trees from cedar, oak, maple, sycamore etc. So heres a couple of samples that I did this...
  3. Bonsai Turn Table

    About 3yrs. before I retired I took classes for bonsai plant design in an effort to calm my stress levels and to teach me patience. It also gave me some projects to make for the owners of Wildwood Nursery were I took my classes. Plants that are going to be worked on are usually placed on a...
  4. Beech Workbench

    Built another workbench a few weeks back. Reclaimed beech was used for the construction. Traditional tail vise, removable tool tray, floating mortise and tenon construction on the base. Heavy, flat and just the ticket for work in the shop.
  5. Screw Handled Mallet for Smitty - Mallet Swap!

    I made this for the mallet swap (found here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/42130) I had different ideas for the mallet but when I found out it was for Smitty I tried to up my game a little. It had to look nice siting on his beautiful bench. I have been trying to make wooden screws for a while...
  6. Blogs
    Musings If you've been following my blog you know that we're moving into a new (to us) house this month, and I'm planning to build a Roubo workbench to christen my new workshop space. Well I'm out of town for a few days and have a little evening free time, so I thought I'd jot down my thoughts...
  7. Blogs
    Building a Workbench Is Easy, and Lazy Mortises I'd pretty much run out of excuses for not starting the Big Bench Build. Every week at church I see the kind woman who arranged for me to get all that beautiful lumber for free. I always fear the question, "So have you built it yet?" Don't ask me...
  8. Blogs
    Design Plans Hello. These are the plans I have for a new workbench. I think I have decided that now is the time to build a bench I won't need to remake. I have done lots of studing on workbench designs and could not decide between the German bench and the Roubo because of the leg vise. I had...
  9. Blogs
    Top&Legs Jointed, Starting to layout the Wooden Screws. A while black I posed a forum topic asking for folks advise on how to use this piece of wood for a workbench. A cabinet maker I bought my band saw from gave it to me for free. It was made from two slabs from a green oak tree so it...
  10. Blogs
    The Beginning... As with everyone in the past 2-3 years, I started down the path to build my workbench which I wanted to have some wooden screws for the wagon vise and leg vise. I looked around to purchase some and realized that the price alone was reason enough to pursue building my own wood...
  11. Blogs
    Workbench Base Finished I am busy building a split top Roubo workbench and have recently finished the base. The base is built from some left-over African Rosewood I had, while the top will be Hard Maple. The vices and sliding deadman will be made from Leadwood. Next up is installing some...
  12. Blogs
    Rehabbing an Old Screw A year ago I solicited your feedback on which vise I should use for the leg vise on my bench. The only option that seemed viable as a result of your feedback was the big honkin' wooden screw that I got off of eBay for $10. The only problem was that it looked like it was...
  13. Blogs
    Screw Head - Nearly There! I mentioned that I wanted to finish trying to rehab my old wooden screw before I start my bench, since it will determine the size of the hole I bore into my leg (for the leg vise) and whether or not I'll have to mortise the nut into the leg. If the screw didn't work...
  14. Blogs
    Curly maple leg vice for English "Nicholson" bench. I've been working on this bench for I guess 2 months now on my days off. It's southern yellow pine. I dug around the shelf for at least an hour picking out boards at Home Depot, but could not find any without knots. Not one. Must...
  15. Hand Tools
    Hi all, I recently picked up an old wooden leg vice screw and plan to use it in my current workbench build. The threads are all in sound shape however there is some checking in the screw head(?, where the handle goes through) and in the backing nut. While it all looks secure now my concern is...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I need help in finding the value of this band saw to see if it is worth bidding on. I'm not even sure if this is rockwell or the size of the bandsaw. Can anyone give me more info based on the photo? This is all the information they give: Rockwell Bandsaw Model: 14, SN: 83L06846, CAT #: 28-203...
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