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WORKBENCH Not So Big /Matt's Monster hybrid

I made this workbench, my first, as a hybrid design based on the Not So Big workbench and Matt's Monster Workbench. Both appeared in FWW. The bench base is locally harvested Douglas Fir. The top is a...

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Re: Book Giveaway: Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects

I love Arts & Crafts furniture. AND I love real books, with real covers and real pages. This will be a great one to add to my library. Lets the random draw force be with me.

Re: Black (and very green) locust workbench

If you have a piece of black locust left over and a lathe, make a mallet. I did and it is awesome to look at AND use ! My wood did in fact come from a friends firewood pile. The end grain on a turning is just beautiful. I love this wood !

Your bench is art. Very nice!

Re: WORKBENCH Not So Big /Matt's Monster hybrid

Hello, Daniel,

Yes the maple top from Boos would work. I am very familiar with them. They are probably higher quality then the top from Woodcraft.

Are you anywhere near Effingham, Illinois? Boos factory and outlet store are there. They have walnut tops very reasonably priced.

Good luck building your bench. I like mine more every time I use it.

Re: Update: The Handmade Skateboard by Matt Berger

This would be a perfect gift for my neighbor, age 18. A skateboard rider and builder. He is also in college at UC Santa Cruz. A path similar to Matt's. Now it is to the luck of the draw.

Re: UPDATE: Weekend Woodturning Projects: 25 Simple projects for the home by Mark Baker

Given how precious shop time is, this book seems like it might be perfect in presenting creative projects that can be completed using reasonable amounts of it. I can assure you this book would see plenty of use in my shop. Thank you.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Beautiful Boxes: Design and Technique by Doug Stowe

A person can never have too many wood working books. Please enter me in the drawing.

Re: UPDATE: Handmade Furniture: 21 Classic Woodworking Projects to Build for Your Home by Rafael Nathan

Another nice book I would love to add to my library. I'm in.

Re: UPDATE: The Creative Woodturner by Terry Martin

Another great book for my library! Throw my name in the hat. I love "real" books.

Re: UPDATE: Acts of Creation: America's Finest Hand Craftsmen at Work by Walt Harrington

It is always interesting to read about inspirational crafters.
Throw my hat in the ring.

Re: WORKBENCH Not So Big /Matt's Monster hybrid

I have a small metal working vise that fits in the lower right hand drawer. When I need it, I mount it in the front vise. The metal vise determined the size of the lower right hand drawer. The rest of the sizes came from drawing a few full size sketches. The case is 3/4" plywood, biscuit jointed together. One thing led to another and I am pleased with the results. The bench is turning out to be a very nice tool. A pleasure to use.

Re: UPDATE: 3 Book Giveaway! Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to...

I just happen to have a little empty space on my bookshelf. These books would take care of that nicely. Plus they would no longer be cluttering up your limited space !

Re: UPDATE: Wooden Boxes, by Doug Stowe and Strother Purdy

Books are like clamps. You can't have too many good ones.

Re: UPDATE: Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening by Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Every woodworker could use this book. Especially me !!!

Re: UPDATE: Wood Bender's Handbook by Zachary Taylor

Well, now, this would be a nice addition to anyones library. Especially mine !!

Re: UPDATE: Arts & Crafts Style Coffee Table with Gregory Paolini

Gregory is the Arts & Crafts guru. That comment alone ought to get me a copy of this DVD, HA! HA!

Re: UPDATE: Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac by Tommy MacDonald and Laurie Donnelly

Good books are like clamps. You can't have too many. I like "real" books

Re: Announcing Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics

I learned mechanical drawing in the early 1960's. This may be a new trick for an old dog.

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