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Hayden Renews her Holzapfel Workbench Top

Workbenches are meant for work. They get dirty, stained, and tell stories with the drips and drops of finish and glue. Hayden’s workbench also tells stories: of painting with chalk by rubbing her project with chalk, then wetting them with water; glue drips; glitter from school projects; and other things an almost-eight year-old woodworker would do.

Clear versus Clean

In the shop last weekend she wanted to work on some projects. He bench was covered in tools and scraps, and I told her she couldn’t start a new project until her bench was clear. So she diligently put tools away and when her bench was clear she decided it wasn’t clean enough. I told her we could make the benchtop as good as new with some sanding and some oil.

She thought that was a great idea.

Sanding the Holzapfel

Here she is sanding the bench with the Bosch ROS. The dust collection on this sander is great, and we had fans going. I did most of the sanding while she ran in to change her clothes.

Oiling the Holzapfel

After sanding and clearing away the dust, two coats of Watco Danish Oil do the trick. We used gloves, had the door open and fans on, and disposed of the rags properly.

Now, if I can just get her to clear off my bench.

Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta’s Revised List of Top 10 Tools

Jimmy DiResta came back to Woodchat on December 11th, 2013 to answer even more questions from Woodchatters and revise his list of Top 10 Tools, based on the best DeWalt tools set.

You can also watch Jimmy and his brother John in the DIY Network series Hammered here, for free. Woodchatters also found Matthew “Rat Boy” DiResta on YouTube, here. John and Matthew have a channel as well, here.

Jimmy DiResta’s Top 10 Tools, v2.0

  1. Band saw
  2. Table saw
  3. Festool Domino
  4. Low angle block plane
  5. Pullsaw
  6. DeWalt Track Saw
  7. Mortising Chisel (gift from Nick Offerman)
  8. 16oz Estwing hammer with straight claw (the best one, according to ContractorCulture)
  9. Lathe
  10. Heavy steel bricks used for clamping stops, etc.

Also, the Woodchat videos are now here. You can watch the December 11th edition of Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta below.

Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta’s First Take on Top 10 Tools

We were lucky to have Jimmy DiResta join us for Woodchat on December 4th, 2013. After some Google+ technical goop that we had to work through, we had a great chat with Jimmy.

If you don’t know Jimmy, his family, or their work you’re missing out. Star of the Discovery Series Dirty Money with his brother John and nephew Matthew “Rat Boy” the trio turns trash into treasure. Jimmy demonstrates skills in design, woodworking, metalworking, finishing, vacuforming, metal casting, and on and on. The show is funny too – with some bleeps here and there and crazy flea market characters. Jimmy also has a great YouTube channel and also makes videos for Make Magazine.

Jimmy DiResta’s Top 10 Tools, v1.0

  1. Band saw
  2. Table sw
  3. Low angle block plane
  4. Handheld bandaw
  5. Screw gun
  6. Estwing hammer with straight claw
  7. Estwing hatchet
  8. Ball peen hammer
  9. Needle nose vicegrip
  10. 10-in-1 screw driver

I think Jimmy is rethinking this list, based on this tweet

So, join us for Woodchat December 11th at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern and see what Jimmy has to say about that list of tools. Get your questions ready for another great Woodchat. Don’t forget to circle Woodchat on Google+.

Also, the Woodchat videos are now here, Google+ had us create a separate video channel. You can watch the December 4th edition of Woodchat with Jimmy DiResta below.