Workbench #9: Finished

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Blog entry by Clay Ortiz posted 1396 days ago 1509 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not completely finished because I haven’t installed the second vise yet. I had the vise and was all set to install it, after I put the finish on the top. But when I pulled everything out of the box and started the layout process I noticed how bad the quality was on this vise. I definitely did not get what I paid for with this thing. I was going to have to remove a lot of material out of the top in order get the rear jaw flush with the skirt. So I just couldn’t bring myself to start cutting, when I couldn’t be certain that I would be happy with the end result. I am going to call it done for now. I’m just ready to use it. Here are a few pictures of how everything ended up.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 1396 days ago

I’m envious. Very nice shop addition. That should be around for quite a while.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 1396 days ago

Clay, that’s freakin awesome. Just beautiful. Now that it’s over, what would you have done differently? Also, how quickly can you make me one?!!!!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#3 posted 1396 days ago

Beautiful workbench,
In that light and with that bench you will love that place.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Clay Ortiz

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#4 posted 1396 days ago

Thanks guys. At this point I wouldn’t change anything I am really happy with the way it turned out. Maybe after I use it a while I will find something I would do different. I hope this is the last one of these I have to build! lol!

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#5 posted 1396 days ago

Congrats. Very nice job. Following the construction in your blog almost gives me a sense of accomplishment. It must be particularly gratifying to have your son’s help. If he inherits the bench someday, he’ll be certain to treasure it.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#6 posted 1396 days ago

That is real nice Clay.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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