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I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: davester
Date: July 16, 2014 01:25AM
I had a bunch of scrap lumber hanging around the garage after doing some work on the house, including a whole slew of 70-year old straight grain doug fir 2x4s and an old butcher block countertop. So, I added a few screws, a whole lot of sawing and sanding, and voila!





"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: M>B>
Date: July 16, 2014 02:01AM
Now all you need is a good bench vice...



or a fine wood workers vice...

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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: wave rider
Date: July 16, 2014 02:26AM
Looks great! Practical too.

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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 16, 2014 04:08AM
Nice!



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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 16, 2014 06:33AM
Excellent!
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: billb
Date: July 16, 2014 07:13AM
and, not surprisingly, you've managed once again to put lipstick on a pig



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So . . .
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 16, 2014 07:19AM
what are ya gonna do with it? I think you need a companion piece for the 'L" return. peace



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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 16, 2014 07:33AM
Very nice ! There is a problem with nice looking workbenches. You end up not wanting to work on it because it's too pretty.
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 16, 2014 07:49AM
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cbelt3
Very nice ! There is a problem with nice looking workbenches. You end up not wanting to work on it because it's too pretty.

cbelt3:

He said he made a silk purse, not a workbench.



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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: July 16, 2014 08:31AM
Gorgeous!
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: DRR
Date: July 16, 2014 09:18AM
Very nice work.

Are those walnut floors?
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 16, 2014 03:08PM
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cbelt3
Very nice ! There is a problem with nice looking workbenches. You end up not wanting to work on it because it's too pretty.

Looks like it's in the kitchen, so it's probably not a workbench.

Is that an induction unit behind it?
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 16, 2014 03:29PM
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Lux Interior
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cbelt3
Very nice ! There is a problem with nice looking workbenches. You end up not wanting to work on it because it's too pretty.

Looks like it's in the kitchen, so it's probably not a workbench.

Is that an induction unit behind it?

and an LED light bulb?? smiley-excited001



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 16, 2014 04:54PM
Nice work, davester!

I just now came in from the shop and found this post. I spent two day getting a maple workbench top mounted on an old kitchen cabinet, and aligning it all with my table saw, then put a wood vise on it. Been meaning to get this done since I bought the bench and vise on sale over a year ago at Woodcraft.

Next step will be a base like yours, with drawers underneath.



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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: davester
Date: July 16, 2014 05:47PM
Although it looks like a workbench, and could make a good one, it's actually a kitchen island (i.e. a workbench for cooking) for my tenant's kitchenette, which was a bit short on counterspace. I should also correct my initial comment: I didn't actually do any sanding at all, but instead used my new cabinet scraper to get everything as smooth as a baby's bottom.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/16/2014 05:49PM by davester.
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: Psurfer
Date: July 16, 2014 06:53PM
Nice work.

That was one of the things I used to hope to find cheap at a garage sale, a really fine old workbench.
Since that time, I accumulated so much other stuff that now I'd have no place to put it!
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 16, 2014 10:30PM
Clean! thumbs up

Did you round the leg bottoms, or is there some kind of hardware there? (can't tell from pic, but they appear to be floating above the floor a bit).



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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: steve...
Date: July 17, 2014 01:22AM
Looks great. Did you make mortise and tenon joints for the leg/shelf supports?





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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: davester
Date: July 17, 2014 09:51AM
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steve...
Looks great. Did you make mortise and tenon joints for the leg/shelf supports?

Nah. I save the nice joinery for pieces that go in my house. This one was a quickie...I put it together with pocket screws so it's easy to break down and move.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: I made a silk purse from a sow's ear
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 18, 2014 04:56PM
Very nice!



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