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TOPIC: Workbench
#14985
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Jeff or Doug -

Someone suggested a couple of days ago that we might want to start a "WorkBench" forum here at DF, to discuss gaming-modeling related topics, such as customizing DF pieces, how-to's on painting or modifying miniatures, even Mike-IO's and my 'risers' and how we did them.

Whatcha think? Good Idea? Bad Idea?
I (being at least as egotistical as the next guy) think it's a great idea, IF the servers have enough room for the pics that are GOING to accompany a forum such as this one. And we'd need to be able to post pics in this forum, since the Cool Pics forum could then be more closely limited to DF setups. We'd still be posting minis and stuff like that in the Cool Pics forum, but they'd be IN Dwarven Forge setups, instead of just anywhere. Same for stuff like the risers; they'd have to have DF on them to go there.

Well, reactions?

See ya!

Jim
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#14986
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Jim, that would have been me making the suggestion. I'd love a forum called "Workbench" dedicated to gaming projects. I'm sure there are enough willing participants here to support it. Just look at all of the cool projects that have been posted this year alone.

Count me in as a pioneer.

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#14987
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Dante -

I THOUGHT it was you, but I wasn't sure, and I didn't want to "accuse" the wrong guy and then not catch the guilty party! :D

Anyway, now we just get to wait until Jeff and Doug can catch up with it; time-wise, it's probably going to take a few weeks until they can do it, if they decide to.

Thanks for taking my back on this.

See ya!

Jim
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#14988
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
I like the idea a lot.
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#14989
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Cool Idea!!
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#14990
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Me too. A workbench forum would really help a lot of us out.

And the more DF mods we do, the more DF we'll buy to mod.

-ify.
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#14991
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Count me in !! Great idea !!

I'm finishing my basement and need a compound miter saw for my work bench arsenal. What do you think of Craftsman, Ryobi, ?

... huh? ...

...OH... a HOBBY WORK BENCH ... :)


Yeah ... that's an even better idea !!!!

Could I use my new compund miter saw to modify DF pieces :)
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#14992
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
I have a Dewalt compound miter saw, which I very much like. I've used both the Craftsman or the Ryobi saws, and ddn't like the action. The Dewalt does cost more than either of the others, but it worth it. You have to think of tools as an investment.
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#14993
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Myrthe -

Actually, you CAN - but you'd better buy one DAMN FINE blade - and I'm not sure how MUCH use you'd get out of it, even so.

Zul -

ANY power tool, once you confirm that it actually will do the intended job, is a matter of personal satisfaction. I used to work in a furniture shop, one of these custom cabinet-and-office-furniture places. We had factory-sized and home-shop-sized power gear there, and you'd be surprised how many guys bought their own stuff anyway. I still have my Makita belt sander and my Ryobi jig saw. I did sell my biscuit jointer when I left the shop, though; I couldn't really justify using it to fix PCs (although there have been a couple of laser printers that I seriously considered borrowing one just to attack them!).

DeWalt DOES have an excellent reputation among construction pros, but you HAVE to buy the Pro Grade tools. Are you aware that DeWalt is now a division of Black & Decker?

Good luck, whichever way you go.

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Jim
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#14994
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
I actually have a Ryobi 10" compound mitre saw and I think it works fine for the few household projects I do around here each year. I don't dedicate a "lot" of time to woodworking so I couldn't see a heavy investment in the tool. I wound up getting mine from Home Depot for $89.99 (on sale for $99.99 and I have a $10 gift cert from a family member).

The measurement guide is *just* a tiny bit off but I've figured out how to work around that so it doesn't cause a problem with the cuts that I have to make. Other than that, I've been happy with it so far.

Speaking of actual workbenches, if you guys are interested in building a REALLY sturdy bench, head on over to The Drunk Dwarves' website ( www.drunkdwarves.com/pages/artttgttcultimatetable.html ) and modify their gaming table plans. I built two of these things--one for my woodworkign and household projects part of the basement and one for the game room where I paint, model, and work on other smaller gaming projects. This thing is a monster! Talk about a sturdy bench! I know I posted pics before but check it out anyway:
www.purgatorio.com/gameroom/gameroom2006/photos/tempo018.html

Speaking of workbench projects, I'm going to start working on a city wharf terrain board. I'll do my best to snap and post pics of the progress as the project progresses. That would be a great way to kick off a new "Workbench" forum here! ;-}~
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#14995
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Dante -

Yeah, I remember seeing your pics before, and saying to Sandy "Man, if I didn't have MY bench, I'd want this one!"

I'm going to have to post a set of pics of my bench; it's 4x4 post legs, 2x4 rails for framing, with countertop laminate Formica fake butcherblock in a 'U' shape, with shelves over, under, and at the ends. And I still need more shelves and more space (got my monster tool chest on the one side of the U, which kills that side of the worktop).

Oh, by the way, the idea of the Workbench is not your shop or space, but what's currently sitting ON the bench, under construction/modification/customization/whatever.

See ya!

Jim
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#14996
Workbench 8 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hi, Jim. I originally set out to make an "L" shaped bench but decided to try something easier this time around. Worked out o.k. as I set up a "temp" L-shaped workspace to see if I'd really utilize the return and I tound that I didn't really have a use for it.

With respect to the Workbench forum, I think a combination of what you have on your bench (i.e. projects), and what kind of workspace and tools you use would yield the most helpful information. We wouldn't have to have in-depth reviews of router bits and what not, but sharing tool tips ("I used a Dremmel fly wheel cutter on this building's doorways" etc.) would be of great use. I think we're both on the same page for the most part.

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