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  • dv3law commented on alexsmaf's instructable Tree Platform1 month ago
    Tree Platform

    Interesting. But your materials list describes the framework logs as 10" thick (thick meaning diameter, I assume). From the images they are clearly much smaller than that and I doubt that lifting five 10 foot long 10" diameter logs up there, or cutting them to size with a machete as you describe, would be practical. How big are they really? I am guessing 4-5" diameter max, unless you have monstrous feet. Or did you mean 10" circumference, about 3" diameter?

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  • dv3law commented on gearboxdesigns's instructable Cheap and Rad Roubo Style Workbench6 months ago
    Cheap and Rad Roubo Style Workbench

    I built a very similar workbench years ago, which I still have. Mine is not glued, just friction fit mortise and tenon 4 x 4 frame, except for three braces that are lag screwed or bolted. I can disassemble it into sections to move. One thing I did that has been great was to put a 1/2" plywood sacrificial surface on top of the 2 x 4's, screwed in from beneath so that the plywood is not fully penetrated. When it gets too battered, I can back out the screws a bit, toss it, and replace it. Helps offset the disadvantage of using pine. Also avoided the need to mill the 2 x 4's square. I mounted a vise on the front and drilled some holes for stops. (I use 1" dowels with flats on them for stops). Drilled holes to mount cheap drafting lamps and mounted an outlet strip on one...see more »I built a very similar workbench years ago, which I still have. Mine is not glued, just friction fit mortise and tenon 4 x 4 frame, except for three braces that are lag screwed or bolted. I can disassemble it into sections to move. One thing I did that has been great was to put a 1/2" plywood sacrificial surface on top of the 2 x 4's, screwed in from beneath so that the plywood is not fully penetrated. When it gets too battered, I can back out the screws a bit, toss it, and replace it. Helps offset the disadvantage of using pine. Also avoided the need to mill the 2 x 4's square. I mounted a vise on the front and drilled some holes for stops. (I use 1" dowels with flats on them for stops). Drilled holes to mount cheap drafting lamps and mounted an outlet strip on one edge. Nice, cheap, and easy bench. I have used it for 25 years now.

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