I am working on the assumption, well-founded I might add, that I have a lot to learn and that the first projects I build (have built) will be great learning experiences, but definitely not “fine furniture”. So with that in mind my first projects have been:
Two saw benches (mine are a similar in design to the “Stumpy Nubs” Old-Timey woodworking saw bench:
A shooting board – I just glued up some MDF, added an oak 2×2 to plane against, and then some stick on plastic that makes the plane slide easier.
A couple of bench hooks – nothing special.
I also had to convert one of the bays in my garage into a workshop – a whole other experience since I had never built a wall, insulated, or hung a door before in my life. To complete the project I am planning on replacing the door with another wall and door because this past winter in Maine it was too cold and too hard to heat the “shop”. My shop has a wall that is OSB with french cleats on it for tool storage. I still need to mud/tape and paint one of the walls, but…another summer project.
I recently built a Nicholson workbench based on the workbench from: “The Naked Woodworker” from LostArt Press, Mike Siemsen is the presenter. If anyone else wants to do it just be aware that the materials list is missing the 2×6’s and you’ll probably need more than the listed 2 2×4’s.
I have tried a couple variations of a saw vise, none of which have been particularly successful. So I’m going to embark on another attempt once I complete some projects around the house.
Just my thoughts,
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