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Workbench

For many years I used a six feet long buffet table table as my workbench.  The tabletop was soggy and crumbling when it was given to me. . I replaced the water soaked mdf top with a piece of 3/4 inch thick plywood . Even though the table was not sturdy it was portable. I could fold its legs flat against the underside of its top. Thus I could lean it against one wall of the garage so that I could put my car in at night.

I also had a three feet square collapsible as an extra workbench. later I constructed a dropdown table to replace the shaky collapsible table . When my son moved to his own house  I was able to keep the car at the front garage. With the out of my workshop permanently The small garage became my workshop. 

Now there was space available for a real workbench but I did not make it until .  I kept on using the buffet table as I could  carry on working on it. Then a neighbor renovated his staircase and dumped a few pieces of 2 x 10 x 60 inch timber  outside his compound. I took away all the timber .

With the free timber available I decided to make a proper workbench . I bought 3 by2 timber to make the frame. I did not make any joints. I used bolt and nuts to secure the frame. I 3 inch woodscrew to attach the the discarded timber as the bench top . The timber was so hard and I had to make pilot holes for the screws. Then I scewed cdowm a piece of 3/4 inch thick plywood to cover the the top of the bench.

I fixed a woodworking vise to the table. As I had a three inch bench vise I attached it o one corner of the bench. I then brushed on two layers of clear polyurethane varnish on the surface of the plywood.

Later on I made a shelf  two feet from the bench top  to store odd lengths of wood.

 

Workbench

      

     
Vise attached to the bench.

  
 
My old buffet table workbench                  The miter saw is one fo my  power tools. 

                      


DIY disc sander

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Some woodworking pictures.     

                                                  

                                                        

             

                  

 

                      

The easel notes. 

The utility  shelf  is fixed . The height of the shelf for the canvas frame is adjustable and is secured to the easel  with one thumb screw at each end.  The shelf had slots at each end so that the screws would slide to enable fixing into  the holes made at different heights as the frame sides are not parallel. 

The back support/leg is hinged to the top bar .  I use a length of plastic chain  for slant adjustment of the back leg . One end othe chain is fixed  to  bar  . A brass hook is  attached to the back leg. To adjust how much the easel should lean just I hook any link of the chain to the brass hook.


Links 

How to use a cordless drill.

DIY Disc sander.

Power supply to run cordless drill

Tools for beginners 

Beginning woodworking

Hole saw

Woodsmith workbench

Using a power planer

Butt joint

Neat Chair

Handplaning 101

Grain filling with shellac

Router tips

 


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