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post #121 of 131 Old 07-07-2015, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Great job and great looking bench. I always wonder how people do without a benches like these. In a war my bench would be defended to the end.

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Thanks Al. I have to say that I'm loving this bench and don't know how I lasted this long without one. I've been woodworking since the age of 10 and I'm 47 now. This is my first workbench and I am loving the front and tail vise as well as loving the bench dogs that my daughters gave me for father's day. It's so nice to have your work held down for you while you are working as well as using a vise for jointing by hand. I'm finding more and more uses for the bench every day in my work. I'm like a kid with a new toy. It has definitely refreshed my enthusiasm for the craft.

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post #122 of 131 Old 07-22-2015, 11:50 AM
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Hi Kenbo
Please give me your workshop dimensions. You have many machines in there, however it appears as if you have carefully planned your space, so that you can access all areas easily
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Please give me your workshop dimensions. You have many machines in there, however it appears as if you have carefully planned your space, so that you can access all areas easily
My shop is 12' wide and 24' long. There's a lot of stuff packed into that little space. If you would like to see a tour of the shop, there is a video posted on my youtube channel.
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Ken, really nice work bench, I love it. Don't ya love working with thick maple. I really like the mortise and tenon joints, looks like you may have used barrel nuts and bolts for the joints also, that should make for a nice strong joint. The tool tray will really be handy, looks like a good design all around. I added a shelf underneath my work bench between the stretchers that makes for a lot of good storage space. Its also nice to see that you actually use that Jeep of yours (cool video). I'm gonna have to get you into metal working, you'd be a natural. Again, great job on the work bench.
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Ken, really nice work bench, I love it. Don't ya love working with thick maple. I really like the mortise and tenon joints, looks like you may have used barrel nuts and bolts for the joints also, that should make for a nice strong joint. The tool tray will really be handy, looks like a good design all around. I added a shelf underneath my work bench between the stretchers that makes for a lot of good storage space. Its also nice to see that you actually use that Jeep of yours (cool video). I'm gonna have to get you into metal working, you'd be a natural. Again, great job on the work bench.
You're right on all counts Terry. My only regret with this bench is that I didn't make one sooner. It's made every aspect of my woodworking a little easier.


As for the Jeep.............I try to do one off road trip per month during the off roading season. May1st to Dec1. I usually shut down the off roading just after the Canadian Thanksgiving as it just gets too cold and too sloppy to be running the rig through the woods. I've actually been considering taking a welding course lately. I've often thought that I could use a skill like welding for different brackets and shop projects that I need.....not to mention that it would be handy for welding gussets on my front axels of the Jeep.

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Man, I wish we lived closer together. I'd love to show you what little I know about welding. I'm getting ready to start on my buddy's 53 Chevy project, full frame upgrade, air-bagged, lowered, lots of brackets to fabricate, should be a fun project. I'm impressed every time I see anything you make, you always go the extra mile to make it right. I'm not sure if everyone knows how hard it is to make a mortise and tenon cut.... little alone "perfect", or to make those crazy intricate cuts with a scrollsaw (Judy Gale would be proud of them there cuts) or the way you go about laying everything out, you don't settle for anything less than perfect. I respect that. I know lots of woodworkers, good woodworkers that do maybe one thing better than everyone else, could be scrolling, framing, model building, etc. but you my friend do it all and do it well. I can't wait to see what you make with that beautiful work bench, I know we'll all be impressed.
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Just read through the entire thread. Great stuff, sir.
Did you use hard or soft maple? And why?
Could you post a link to the hardware you chose? Given a final price of $800 in material including wood, that seems like a good price on hardware. How do you like the hardware specifically?
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Man, I wish we lived closer together. I'd love to show you what little I know about welding. I'm getting ready to start on my buddy's 53 Chevy project, full frame upgrade, air-bagged, lowered, lots of brackets to fabricate, should be a fun project.
As a car guy who is eyeing up his next project, I'd LOVE to see some pics. Maybe start a thread, please?
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Just read through the entire thread. Great stuff, sir.
Did you use hard or soft maple? And why?
Could you post a link to the hardware you chose? Given a final price of $800 in material including wood, that seems like a good price on hardware. How do you like the hardware specifically?
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So far, I love the bench and the hardware had been fantastic. Both the front and the tail vise perform flawlessly so far and they have made short work of so many of my projects where I use to have to clamp everything down, now I can just use the vise or some bench dogs to hold things in place. As for the links to the hardware, here ya go.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...47&cat=1,41637
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,41659,41661
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,41659,41662

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Hey Ken, I don't know how I missed this one but sure am glad I found it. That is a beautiful work bench. Thanks for posting the thread, as well as the final arrangement of the shop.


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I guess the summer months had me busy Ken as I just found & read thru the entire thread.
Absolutely a top notch job!! I wish I had half the skills, patience & perseverance as you.
Always look fwd to your build threads... big or small projects they always present a learning angle for me..
Thank you so much for what you do..
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