Woodwork: ShadowBurger's projects

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  1. ShadowBurger

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    EDIT: renamed the thread to suit the various things I've been making!

    Hey all

    I have boiled linseed oil here which I used to finish the top of my coffee table and given how durable it has been I've thought about doing my workbench with it. The workbench sees quite a lot of practical use and has been stained with engine oil, grease, etc, because I just left it raw when it was built. I thought it would be nice to sand it back and finish it with something to resist it from getting into the wood. Thoughts?

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  2. Subliminal

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    slap abit of ply on top, once that's buggered replace it.
    the best work benches are the ones you don't give a crap about
     
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    Recently watched a good youtube workbench build where he finished it off with Diggers Pale boiled linseed oil. looked great.

     
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    That's an awesome work bench! Makes mine feel simple. It's decided then, I'll do the linseed. The redwood should come up great
     
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    Old blokes finish their outdoor tools handles with boiled linseed. Personally I got the thinnest mild steel sheet I could and put that on top of mine.
     
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    Redwood might come up a bid darker, but yeh, should come up great.

    TBH that workbench is a bit overbuilt. I quite like yours, even more now I know its redwood.
     
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    Absolutely oil the workbench. scrape any dried crap like glue or paint drops etc, give it a good sanding, couple of grits at least to rip the top layers and smooth the result, top and sides. Go slow and thoroughly with the linseed and leave it to soak etc as directed so you dont risk it oil staining other works later. down the track scuffs and cuts etc just need a small amount of oil on a rag worked in to restore the look unless you want to resand you'll never have to.

    in your specific case I'd turn the whole thing upside down and do the legs and top underside first, just for perfections sake plus it'll give you practise to make sure you do it correctly.
     
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    I've got ply on mine, I think. I can't remember, it's covered in dust, paint, engine oil, greast etc... and linseed oil from cricket bats
     
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    yep, ply makes a good workbench surface, ideally have a good solid bench and use a cheap board on top of that as the actual worksurface. No need getting worried about ruining a good benchtop. So nice benchtop with maybe a built up "frame" or holes to secure another cheap flat worksurface on top that can be removed/replaced at any time. it also lets you get creative with your work area if you need like having a variety of tops with jig mounts or templates on them for projects you intend to repeat, a nice top surface to draw and write on paper on for planning, an absorbant particle board surface for when painting, a black/whiteboard surface if you are needing to write a lot quickly, a measured grid surface if you need an area to layout unconnected parts, a craft cutting surface, a glass top (just because...glass) you can usually have space next to or behind a workbench to lean up your spare tops out of the way ready when you need them, dont forget a removeable top is double sided too. Its just a flexible way to work. recycle centers are good to find sturdy tables/benches people throw away that make great garage workbenches.plus you can always bolt on one or two sturdy thick sheets on top to make a new larger workbench and use disposable sheets on top to work directly on.
     
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    Yes, I have ply. Does the job nicely, and I cleaned up my shed the other weekend.

    Do we not have a general workshop/woodwork thread?
     
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    Not quite workbench related, but I've been building a Victorian Ash dining table

    Little sample of the timber. Threw some of that leftover linseed oil on
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    Had to drill 176 holes for dowels. Pretty sick of that by the end of it. The doweling jig was cheap so I later learned the boards weren't perfectly aligned at the edges. Required a LOT of sanding with the belt sander to remove the lip
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    Ready for gluing
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    Only had a couple of clamps, so used a couple of straight boards on top with car batteries on them to weight it down straight
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    This didn't work well, the table is a little cupped lengthways. I'm hoping that some steel tube across the underside will pull it down mostly flat

    <insert 100 hours of belt sanding here>
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    Applied linseed oil
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    Finally have my tig welder sorted so just need to run to the steel shop to get material to make the legs
     
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    Before and after of resurfacing my coffee table. This was the first time I tried linseed oil and made me a huge fan of it as a surface finish - it's super durable, we've spilled red wine and all sort of junk on it. just wipes straight off
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    I think Vic ash is an underrated timber... even if it was used in the flooring of my last place.
     
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    Came up with an idea for a wine rack design using scrap pine I already had and angle steel. Ripped it into strips on the table saw, then used the table saw to cut the grooves for them to mesh
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    Had to make two of these. Openings for wine bottles are 100 x 100mm
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    Again, linseed oil. I've only ever bought one bottle. Still going!
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    I painted the angle steel black and used black countersuck allen fasteners
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    I was worried about strength. No need, i could sit on it
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