- 8 August 2016 at 1:32 pm #139202
Lesson learned. My bench rocked a little bit while I was working on one end and I heard a loud bang as something on the bench behind me fell onto my concrete garage floor. I just restored it a couple of months ago and was really starting to like it. My 4 1/2! NOOOOOO!!! Pretty sure that one can’t be repaired.
You must be logged in to access attached files.8 August 2016 at 2:33 pm #139205Derek LongParticipant
Aww, man, too bad. That’s a bummer.
Denver, Colorado8 August 2016 at 5:17 pm #139207STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Man that is a tough break ( no pun intended ) I hate to see that.Try J-B Weld it might work, that stuff is pretty amazing unless you know a good welder. It won’t look pretty but you may be able to salvage it.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US8 August 2016 at 5:43 pm #139208
Managed to score another one on ebay for ~$25. Shipping will cost me a bit but I’ll go through another restoration and make sure to keep this one on a feather bed…Impulsive replacement purchase.8 August 2016 at 6:03 pm #139213Steve GilesParticipant
Do try not to crash your new plane!8 August 2016 at 9:17 pm #139215STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Glad you found one that is a great price unless it is a basket case. Keep your old one for spare parts.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US17 August 2016 at 2:20 am #139400
No consolation I know, but I saw this article the other day:
It shows how to convert a broken metal plane into a wood-bodied plane.
Darren.18 August 2016 at 1:20 am #139426bobleistnerParticipant
I have to work with a concrete floor as well. I bought a horse stall mat (3’x5′) to make it easier on my knees and back. One day I dropped a chisel and realized a second benefit of the mat. I went and bought a second mat and cut it in half lengthwise and place it under the “back” side of my bench for protection,just in case. Sorry about your 4 1/2, I love mine.The mats cost about $25 at any farm and fleet store. Bob L.18 August 2016 at 5:37 pm #139480Eddy FlynnParticipant
I’m gutted for you, these life lessons are best learned at someone else’s expense, thank you for sharing i will now move all of my planes back from the edge of my bench.
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
,19 August 2016 at 8:46 pm #139517Mic van ReijenParticipant
Ouch, that hurts. I had somethin of thesame happening to me only it was a glass jar of shellac & alcohol that hit the concrete..
Mic30 August 2016 at 4:53 am #139769AlanParticipant
I think Paul uses interlocking soft floor mats for this reason. The ones which resemble giant rubber jig-saw puzzle pieces. If you watch his “Tour of The New Workshop” video, he said they saved one of his favorite saws when he dropped it.
They make standing for long periods more comfortable, they’re warmer for your feet in cold workshops, and they protect project edges from floor damage.
They can sometimes save a tool from a fall off the bench.
Workers used to stand on wooden grilles/platforms, e.g. when working at lathes all day.
If you made one to run the full length of your bench, it’d do the same job as the modern foam-rubber equivalent.
I use an off-cut of cheap, low-pile carpet, which has a rubberized underlay built-in.
I don’t know whether any of these would’ve saved your 4 1/2 though. A 4 1/2 is pretty heavy, but it could be worth a try.
Hope this helps.30 August 2016 at 9:40 am #139774
Would it be possible to post a link to the workshop tour video you mentioned please?
I’ve bought an “easimat” (horse stall) sheet to put around my current bench, which is great but expensive in the UK, so would be interested to see what Paul has used.
Darren.30 August 2016 at 12:47 pm #139789Thomas MeadeParticipant
I think this might the video (unless there’s another I don’t know of)30 August 2016 at 3:22 pm #139792
Thanks, I’ll have a look at that this evening.
Darren.30 August 2016 at 5:15 pm #139793
I bought one of those anti-fatigue padded mats at Woodcraft the other day–they are on sale for $20 (marked down from $36) and are 2’x 5′ which covers the area immediately in front of my bench. And it does beat standing on concrete but it’s a bit more effort to sweep up the dust and shavings when I’m done. Thanks.
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