Building The Holtzapffel Workbench #3: Update on the base

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 2398 days ago 3883 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a few hours to work in the shop before the Super Bowl started. I was able to hog out all of the mortises. The router and drill press combination worked out really nice.


I had time to clean out the mortises in two of legs and fit one of the small stretches into the mortises.



So far the fit is working out pretty well. I still have a little more tweaking to do on some of the shoulders, but over all not too bad.

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#1 posted 2398 days ago

Lookin’ good!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2398 days ago

So far so good. I am surprised that you weren’t on such an adrenaline rush from working on this bench that you simply forgot about the Superbowl.

I guess we must have our priorities in life.

Besides you can’t rush good craftmanship.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2398 days ago


I am really anxious to see how this turns out. It looks like the edges of your stock are really crisp and square. I would recommend easing all of the edges with a slight roundover, they will wear better.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#4 posted 2398 days ago

Todd – yes the edges are still “hard”. I plan to chamfer them before I assemble the base.

Eric – Thanks. I’ve been enjoying your blog. Keep it up.

Scott – Yes being in the shop would be perfect, but watching the Super Bowl and surfing woodworking sites is a close second :).

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#5 posted 2398 days ago

Lookin’ good

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 2398 days ago

Your parts have a nice clean fit. I can’t wait to see more.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 2398 days ago

Looks great! Can’t wait to see more also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 2398 days ago

I’m with the rest…looking forward to more!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 2398 days ago

Nice work. Keep it going and keep posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 2397 days ago

Nice looking fit, and some mighty fine looking fir as well.

-- Craig, (Where Information meets Inspiration)

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#11 posted 2365 days ago

Loo-king gooood.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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