STL283: The original Moxon vise
Mike, Vic, and Ben discuss whether a beginner should build a workbench or tool chest, the confusing array of finishes and applicators, and the ethics of selling tool-like objects.
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After years of being mostly an armchair woodworker and mostly focusing on DIY around the house, I’m finally starting to focus more on woodworking. I’ve been using a Black & Decker Workmate for a workbench and a combination of Craftsman tool chest and pegboard to hold my tools, but I’d like to eventually replace both by building a proper workbench and tool chest, respectively. Which do you recommend tackling first, both for immediate usefulness and the skills it would teach? Also, what are your thoughts on a wall-hung vs. floor-based tool chest?
How to Design a Tool Cabinet
Every shop has specific needs, but the strategies for storing hand tools are universal.
Build a Hanging Tool Cabinet
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Tool Chest with Drawers
Build a custom chest to store your hand tools in style.
With wiping varnish and Shellac and oils and hard wax finishes, which type of applicator brush, cotton pad, rag if rag cotton, wool, linen, microfiber, Scotch-Brite? There are so many choices that it can be mind-numbing at times. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Ep 19: Simple shellac and wax finish
Mike demonstrates one of his favorite finishing methods, which allows him to fully finish the cabinet in one sitting.
Wiping Varnish: The Only Finish You’ll Ever Need
Wipe it on for a low-luster look or brush it on for a higher sheen.
After listening to episode 257 I started pondering a question of ethics. In the discussion of junky table saws/saw fences, Ben and Barry talked about selling their old tools and upgrading.
My question is: is it ethical to sell a junk tool? For example, if the saw has a fence that can’t be relied on or a table that won’t align, should an ethical woodworker foist this “tool-like object” onto a new woodworker?
From the discussion, these were “beginner” tools. So the next owner is probably also a beginner who has no more skill than you did in fixing the piece of junk you just sold them. I am not asking about tools that work, but you have outgrown them, but tools that never really worked as they should. It seems that selling such an item is just inviting bad karma.
I may have done something similar, not that I am admitting anything, and I feel that might explain some of the gaps in my dovetails, or miters that don’t quite close. What do you think?
STL257: Barry gets a table saw
Anissa, Barry, and Ben discuss budget tablesaws, milling a bench top by hand, mobile bases, and finer furniture pads
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I agree with your answer about the work bench. I've been in the process of setting up a shop for about 5 years. I bought Vic's book and built his work bench in a few hours. I'm still using it. I decided that I did want a vice but couldn't couldn't figure out how easily build it into the front apron. So I bought a couple of pipe clamps, drilled a hole in the apron, and made an adequate twin screw vice. Then I bought a couple of hold fasts, drilled another hole at the far end of the apron, and now I can plane longer boards. Some day I will build a nicer bench, but right now it isn't a priority.
Ditto on bench before fancy tool cabinet. Same with Mike's point of not building your dream bench at the outset. I wanted to test drive different bench styles so I built a solid, standard base out of dunnage (full size 4x4s and 2x4s) and glued up a "temporary" slab top, 30"x84"from straight, jointed, big box 2x4s. Messed with vise configurations a bit, decided against a tool trough--which I think looks cool and I want one but figure it will fill with stuff to quickly. I've been using it now for six or eight years. I've accumulated the hardwoods for a permanent dream bench, now need the time to build it! You can also build a drawer unit that slides in below pre-wall cabinet.
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