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  • #17085
    Martin McColl
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    Well this project has definitely been a woodworking adventure. I have learnt quite a few lessons about wood selection, tool sharpening and usage, in what turned out to be a most rewarding experience. Sure, I look at the battle scars left on the bench by single handed assembly, the incorrectly located knife walls, stains after glue up (why wasn’t I more attentive?). But rather than wince, I remind myself that only a few months ago I could not have imagined a bunch of humble Home Depot 2 x 4s being transformed into something so substantial and useful.

    I am afraid to say I would have been in the camp that would have been happy just to cut glue and screw, those unfortunate souls over exposed to the 10 second TV creations of the home renovation experts. How wonderful and refreshing to find Paul Sellers. The internet at its best, a reward for the intrepid searcher and those willing to try to learn how to do something better.

    Paul reminds me of a substitute craft teacher that I was fortunate to meet in the 5th grade (wow, was 1973 that long ago?), the father of a fellow student and joiner by trade. Unfortunately a heart condition had forced his early retirement, and confronted him with some life changing decisions. I was so fortunate he decided to try his hand at teaching his craft. The Australian indentured apprenticeship system and a mountain of hard work equipped him with an amazing set of skills that I was so envious of. At the time my younger brother and I were inspired to purchase a few hand tools of our own, less expensive ones of course, an entry model Disston tenon saw and ½” and 1 ¼” yellow and black plastic handled Stanley chisels. No collector classics here. These were added to tools that included a Stanley No. 4 (purchased late ‘50s) my late father had left to the family. I smile at the memories of the diligently cut dovetails in the particle board (the wood of necessity for 10 year olds) speaker boxes we managed to fashion.

    I continue to smile now because I am reunited with my “old classics”, having been inspired to tune them up and work wood. What’s more I have something to show for it, a bench that should last long after I am gone. What a revelation it is to plane on a bench that efficiently transmits the body’s power to work piece instead of inducing a series of bench shuddering convulsions. Totally open to learning and developing new skills I am determined to make the time to continue this wood working adventure and have a go at some of the wonderful projects on this site. As any 10 year old will tell you, it’s more fun doing than watching.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17088
    Ken
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    Way to go Martin, bench looks good buddy, nice job. 😉

    #17090
    Mark Armstrong
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    Looks great Martin may the adventure continue ;).

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #17101
    Steve Follis
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    Looks really good Martin, thanks for sharing!

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #17103
    Eddy Flynn
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    Well done Martin the new projects will seem a lot easier with this wonderful tool that you made keep it up mate

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #17104
    JerryH
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    Great bench Martin, I bought mine and must admit am not that happy with it. If and when I build my own and it looks half as good as yours I will be finally happy! 😉

    #17109
    cpetersen1970
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    Looks great, Martin. Certainly a bench to be proud of.

    #17115

    Great bench, great story, thanks for posting, please don’t stop making))

    Toronto, Canada

    #17146
    Mexiquite
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    Good stuff @mmccoll What is your next project going to be?

    #17167
    Martin McColl
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    Way to go Martin, bench looks good buddy, nice job. ;)

    Ken, thanks for the encouragement

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17171
    Martin McColl
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    Looks great Martin may the adventure continue ;) .

    Mark I hope to continue as best I can. Spending every other week away from home for the last three months has created its own challenges, though when I manage to get some quality time I have really enjoyed it.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17172
    Martin McColl
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    Looks really good Martin, thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Steve, I am very happy to finally have something to contribute. I certainly felt the frustration of looking at all the great work everyone was making and what seemed like a lack of progress with my own beginning.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17173
    Martin McColl
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    Well done Martin the new projects will seem a lot easier with this wonderful tool that you made keep it up mate

    Thanks Eddy, You are so right, it is so much better than what I was using previously.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17174
    Martin McColl
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    Great bench Martin, I bought mine and must admit am not that happy with it. If and when I build my own and it looks half as good as yours I will be finally happy! ;-)

    Jeremy, thanks for the compliment. I found continuing with this project and working through the various problems that arose to be very empowering.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

    #17175
    Martin McColl
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    Looks great, Martin. Certainly a bench to be proud of.

    Chris, thanks for the kind words.

    Martin ... Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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