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Here's a quick project that's great to get started in woodworking. These cutting boards make great gifts and they're fun to make.
The scrub plane was a lot of fun to use. The texture is shallow enough to allow objects to sit flat on the shelf, but deep enough to have a great wavy feel to it. I should have the final construction photos up soon!
I appreciate your honest concern. The few hazardous items are being dealt with on the towns hazardous waste days. I'd have to say, the process of combining creativity and imagination to turn salvaged materials into good usable furniture is extremely satisfying. I would classify the site as a "Super-Fun" site! ba-dum-cchh!
I must say the new bench is an absolute joy. You can clamp any workpiece anywhere! To answer some of your questions:
1. You're right that there's no need for the end caps because of the extra thickness of the top.
2. I slightly elongated the holes at the back of the bench where the top attaches to allow for movement. From summer to winter, the difference was less than an eighth of an inch overhanging the back legs. The front stayed perfectly in line with the front of the legs.
My shop is not climate controlled either and I have not re-flattened the top yet. Take extra time at the glue-up stage to get it as close to flat as possible and after a little hand planing you'll be in good shape. Close to quarter-sawn wood helps, but I think the mass of the top helps to keep things more stable.
One of the features I've been enjoying the most, is the front leg that is in line with where the tail vise closes. It's great for supporting legs and long workpieces when you're working on the top end of the piece.
Glad you enjoyed the video!
Great lessons Matt! Along with philosophy, woodworking and editing, I think you can add animation to your bag of tricks. Try a quick click on lower left, upper right, lower right.
I happen to have hemlock from a friend who cleared a few trees in his yard in MA. It's the first time I worked with it, but if I didn't know where it came from, I would have thought it was pine. It worked just the same. A pine 1" x 12" from any local store would be perfect for this project. Thanks!
I agree that a small shop can work just fine. If it's well organized, it can be a very efficient way to work. I think woodworking in general brings out the creativity in people. That can be shown in furniture design, or just how you use the space you have to woodwork in. Woodworking is simply fun...a workbench in a hallway works too!
Call me crazy but this is the same scenario as me having a wood stove in my living room...with floors made of wood, and furniture made of wood, and walls made of wood.
I plan on taking the same safety precautions in my shop as I do in my home. For the house, I checked with the local building inspector and installed the stove to specifications, including a stone base, 1 inch air space behind cement board with fieldstone face for the walls, and the proper setbacks from the walls and ceiling for the stove pipe. One added precaution in the shop is to keep the dust to a minimum, and I'll brush off the stove before use.
There are other ways to heat a shop for sure, but on that occasional Saturday morning when the snow's coming down, I'm comfortable firing up the wood stove. And what better way to use up those shop scraps!
I went with metal vise screws, but the with the design of this bench, you can choose to install any hardware you like.
Thanks for the comment. I do tend to lean towards the "heavy" side when it comes to design. I think it may have started because I use a lot of recycled wood and usually want to see most of the patina, causing me to design around the rough dimensions I start out with. All these recent posts are pieces I built several years ago. Now that I'm at FW full time, I just build commissioned pieces here and there.
The arts and crafts style wasn't necessarily my intention, but I do like that style. I usually start with a quick sketch and change things as I build, designing around the specific wood for that project. Thanks for the comment.
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