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    David B
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    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.

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    #139205
    Derek Long
    Participant

    Aww, man, too bad. That’s a bummer.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #139207
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    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

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #139208
    David B
    Participant

    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.

    #139213
    Steve Giles
    Participant

    Do try not to crash your new plane!

    #139215
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    Glad you found one that is a great price unless it is a basket case. Keep your old one for spare parts.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #139400
    tenjin
    Participant

    Hi,

    No consolation I know, but I saw this article the other day:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/So-You-Dropped-Your-No4-Hand-Plane/

    It shows how to convert a broken metal plane into a wood-bodied plane.

    Regards

    Darren.

    #139426
    bobleistner
    Participant

    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.

    #139480
    Eddy Flynn
    Participant

    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
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    #139517
    Mic van Reijen
    Participant

    Ouch, that hurts. I had somethin of thesame happening to me only it was a glass jar of shellac & alcohol that hit the concrete..

    Mic

    #139769
    Alan
    Participant

    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.

    #139774
    tenjin
    Participant

    Hi,

    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.

    Thanks

    Darren.

    #139789
    Thomas Meade
    Participant

    I think this might the video (unless there’s another I don’t know of)

    https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/2013/11/workshop-tour/

    #139792
    tenjin
    Participant

    Thanks, I’ll have a look at that this evening.

    Regards

    Darren.

    #139793
    David B
    Participant

    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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