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I've come here looking for projects and knowledge. I've built a few things, but with many mistakes. I enjoy making something from nothing, but I fear I rush too much and I need to just take the time to enjoy the project while working on it.

Most recently I took an old TV Stand and converted it into my workbench. I also built my daughter a step stool and a toy box.

I'm still trying to finish up the work bench. I'm trying to figure out the best way to drill holes for the bench dogs. I have a vise on the way and hopefully it will arrive tomorrow.





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Nice work! Welcome to the forum. Doesn't look "aspiring" to me but more like the real deal. Also looks like your daughter is enjoying your handywork already. Look forward to your next project!
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Nice projects and welcome!
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Your quality of work is good! And even after years of woodworking as a fulltime profession I still feel like an aspiring woodworker... you never stop learning :)

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Thanks guys!

The workbench is still a work in progress, so I'm focusing my efforts on that before another project begins.

I'm thinking about removing the butcher block top and taking it to a drill press to get perfectly straight 3/4" holes for bench dogs. Is this a good idea?
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I wouldn't stress on the dog holes, the top isn't thick enough to make slightly off holes problematic.

I would suggest a thicker front edge to the bench with a cut-out for the vise... that can have dog holes as well.

Looks good so far, welcome to the forum.
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Thanks guys!

The workbench is still a work in progress, so I'm focusing my efforts on that before another project begins.
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The repurposing of the entertainment center is very creative. I just wonder if it has the necessary racking strength to with stand some serious hand planing or vise work. You might consider a plywood back in 1/2" to 3/4 " to help stiffen it. I see it as a work surface more than a work bench, but I may be biased. It takes 2 car jacks to lift and move my workbench when it fully loaded with tools and stuff.
My work surface is a torsion box about 3" deep set on several legal file cabinets for storage. It's quite heavy and very flat. A solid core slab door make a great work bench top and then you can cover it with a sacrificial Masonite or MDF cover.
Workbenches are very personal so don't take this as criticism. if it works for you that's all that matters.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I'm thinking about removing the butcher block top and taking it to a drill press to get perfectly straight 3/4" holes for bench dogs. Is this a good idea?
Easier would be to drill a guide hole in a 2" block and bring it to the table.
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The repurposing of the entertainment center is very creative. I just wonder if it has the necessary racking strength to with stand some serious hand planing or vise work. You might consider a plywood back in 1/2" to 3/4 " to help stiffen it. I see it as a work surface more than a work bench, but I may be biased. It takes 2 car jacks to lift and move my workbench when it fully loaded with tools and stuff.
My work surface is a torsion box about 3" deep set on several legal file cabinets for storage. It's quite heavy and very flat. A solid core slab door make a great work bench top and then you can cover it with a sacrificial Masonite or MDF cover.
Workbenches are very personal so don't take this as criticism. if it works for you that's all that matters.
I completely understand what you're saying. This TV Stand isn't a Walmart special though. It's made from solid 3/4" wood front, back, top and bottom. I definitely wouldn't be able to lift the TV Stand by myself, well not without hurting myself.

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Easier would be to drill a guide hole in a 2" block and bring it to the table.
I think I might try this. Build a jig of some sort with a lower edge on one side and let that sit over the edge of the table, allowing every hole to be perfectly in line. It's just a little scary to make the move to drill into my new pretty butcher block!
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Your workbench may work out just fine the way it is as far as racking. You have that cabinet built in the base, and that may be enough to stop any racking movement.

You could just use some pegboard to lay out dog holes. And as for getting them perpendicular, you can use a combo square or a small drafting triangle, or any scrap cut like a right triangle as a guide just set up next to the hole so you can visually guide a hand drill.




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Welcome and ditto what he said.
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Nice work! Welcome to the forum. Doesn't look "aspiring" to me but more like the real deal. Also looks like your daughter is enjoying your handywork already. Look forward to your next project!
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I think I might try this. Build a jig of some sort with a lower edge on one side and let that sit over the edge of the table, allowing every hole to be perfectly in line. It's just a little scary to make the move to drill into my new pretty butcher block!
Shop Dad is on the right track but instead of using a block build a t-square type jig that will hook over the edge of the bench and is long enough to span the bench front to back so you can clamp it securely at each hole location.

You can build the whole jig out of a single straight 2x4. Drill the guide hole into the jig at your drill press using a 3/4" diam. forstner bit. Use the same bit to drill your bench top.

Easy peasey! :)

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Thanks for the ideas guys! Just an exciting update. I got a shipment from Amazon.

This is my first set of Chisels and the vise for my workbench!

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Thanks for the update. Nice kit.

Getting that delivery from your tool source is just like Christmas! :-D

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Edit: Search this site for info on sharpening to keep those chisels keen.

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Nice! The 750's, right? That's an excellent set.

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Nice work and welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will get a lot of useful information here.

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My workbench is now in it's 'finished' state. I don't have a side vise, so until that happens, this is it complete.



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My workbench is now in it's 'finished' state. I don't have a side vise, so until that happens, this is it complete.
Looks great!

If I can make a suggestion, I had an iron vise like that at one time and I at first had a jaw pad just like yours where it sat above the rods. I eventually built a new larger pad where the rods and thread pass through it and it was a huge improvement! Kept it from racking out at the top especially when clamping boards vertically for dovetails and such.

Aging, looks nice.
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Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately the wood I used wasn't wide enough for that. I will probably end up doing that one day.
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