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Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« on: January 08, 2017, 06:50:52 PM »

I've been a woodworker since I was a kid but have been making jeweler for only two years.  I decided to design and build a jewelers workbench for myself.  The design is a product of my meager experience, and looking at a lot of pictures of benches and watching a lot of videos of people using their benches.  I have only made a handful of pieces using the new bench but so far I am very pleased with it.  I am about to retire and plan to spend my time doing the things I enjoy (woodworking, lapidary and making jewelry).  It will be interesting to see how the 3 merge as the years go.  Maybe I will make a little money, maybe I won't. Doesn't really matter as long as the stress is low and I'm doing the things I enjoy.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 07:49:13 PM »

They merge just fine, and more. I used standard pre cut lumber 2x4ft. "die block" for the top over 2x12"and 2x6" for the risers. This sets on top of a 3x5ft. Oak school desk, with plenty of drawers. Added a roll out drawer and arm rest. Mine doesn't compare with your woodworking skills.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 07:54:51 PM »

That big drawer is awesome!  I would have probably made a bench very similar to yours if I hadn't turned down an old oak desk that was offered to me a few months back.  I was kicking myself when I started thinking about making a bench.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 07:56:48 PM »

You both have made great benches!  I'm envious I don't have the woodworking know how to make my own.  And Rellis - those dovetailed drawers!   :notworthy:
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 09:00:49 PM »

Sweet.  Nice work.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 06:35:15 AM »

 Very nice. I won't show a picture of my Franken bench. Made from an old computer desk
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017, 12:03:16 PM »

One thing I would like to suggest is a tray underneath the bench pin to collect the saw dust and/or metal filings.  Gold and silver dust is still worth $$$ when turned in as scrap...........Keep the gold & silver separate.

Great job on the wood working..................... :headbang:

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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 04:08:48 PM »

Excellent point, Steve!   :icon_thumleft:
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 08:24:24 PM »

See that little thin drawer below the bench pin?  That be the catch tray :azn: Also added a light to the cubby. Also made a tool holder from the piece of wood from the cut-out.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2017, 07:23:28 PM »

Mine works this way, push in the roll out drawer and pull out the center drawer of the desk. Cookie sheet works fine, wife wasn't happy!
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 07:33:00 PM »

Yeah, but cookie sheets are cheap!   :toothy12:
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2017, 11:49:02 AM »

Yes, I found out , she bought a 3 pc. nesting set.
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2017, 02:51:48 PM »

I envy your woodworking skills. That is one sweet bench. So jealous!
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2018, 07:23:35 AM »

I've been a woodworker since I was a kid but have been making jeweler for only two years.  I decided to design and build a jewelers workbench for myself.  The design is a product of my meager experience, and looking at a lot of pictures of benches and watching a lot of videos of people using their benches.  I have only made a handful of pieces using the new bench but so far I am very pleased with it.  I am about to retire and plan to spend my time doing the things I enjoy (woodworking, lapidary and making jewelry).  It will be interesting to see how the 3 merge as the years go.  Maybe I will make a little money, maybe I won't. Doesn't really matter as long as the stress is low and I'm doing the things I enjoy.
Very nice work.  Here's some pics of a black walnut dining table I made from a local tree that I air-dried for 10 years (kiln drying kills the grain highlights).
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Re: Woodworker for life! (The Bench)
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2018, 09:23:49 AM »

Wow, that's beautiful!    :notworthy:
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