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Jim Morgans Wood Profits

Wood Profits by Jim Morgan

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all mc a traditionalist, but I think a woodworker should make his or her own workbench. You can buy some real nice ready-made benches, true, but they're designed lor someone elses body and work habits, not necessarily yours. A workbench is a personal thing, and it ought to fit you like a tailor-made suit. Woodworking's better when the height, size and setup of your bench are designed around you and your work. If that's not reason enough to build your own beneh. here's another. Building your bench is a ritual—a rite of passage for woodworkers. Once you've done it. you'll look at the craft with a whole new perspective.

I wanted a simple bench, without bells and whistles. that wouldn't shake, shimmy or slide across the floor. The idea was to start with a base built of fir 4 x 4s—cheap, massive, and easy to get. Then I'd buy a preglucd maple top to save time, add two dog-hole


TOP VIEW (looking through benchtop)

Glue dog-hole strips to benchtop.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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