New things

I’ve been wanting to blog for quite some time now, but a variety of things have come up. First and foremost…

We have a new family member. This is Flash. He’s a little over two years old, and has been with us for a little over two weeks now. He’s a Siberian Husky, and we adopted him from the Animal Rescue League. He’s a great dog! Pretty calm (for a husky), smart, totally housebroken, and gentle. We’re really happy to have him join our family.

As for what I’ve been working on…

I completed a new workbench last week. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time now, and I finally got to the point where I was frustrated enough with my old bench to move forward with building a new one.

There are so many different ideas on what constitutes a “good” workbench, but for me it came down to a choice between building my “ultimate” bench (which would involve more time and money) or to build a “functional” bench (saving on time and money). I went with functional, as I didn’t want it to be a huge build. I’m really happy with the results.

I now have a variety of ways to clamp things to my bench. The bench is VERY sturdy, and doesn’t rack at all. And, best of all, it was relatively inexpensive to build. Some 2x4s, a couple pieces of CDX, some hardboard, and some oak.

I also put an older Record 52 1/2 vise on the bench, that I got off of craigslist. I still want to add some leather to the vise chop, but it’s essentially completed. I made my own dogs out of oak.

I also got some time in the shop with my son, Matthew. We built a tool tote for him, using one that I built with my father many years ago as a template. He was really happy with the results, as was I.

I also took advantage of some non-rainy weather that we had to get outside and cut up some pressure- treated lumber for a bench/ folding picnic table. Hoping to get the word out on this and other outdoor projects, and get some orders.

Flash is completely un-phased by anything I do in my shop, and likes to nap while I work.

I’ll leave it at that for now. Thanks for reading.

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