Still at it..
Unfortunately I havent had much time to put into it over the past little while, but I’ve now planed and glued up the third of 4 sections of the top, and squared up the first 2 sections on the jointer ready to glue together. Found that I lost too much meat out of the width of the top and had to add in two extra boards to get back up over 20 inches wide…
Think i’ve decided on the wagon vice.. I just love the way they look and function and I think it’ll be better in the long run in terms of how the bench will function within my shop. Much thanks to Douglas, I will likely be following the route he took in his build: http://lumberjocks.com/dczward/blog/34066 as it seems cost effective and functional. I recently saw someone else who managed to get a hand wheel onto the lee valley screw vice and think it would be great to try!: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/84386
Really hope to get the top together soon so I can start getting some momentum with this.. I’m about 40 hours in, and 35 of them have been spent milling wood (Good wood + inexpensive = rough). That being said, I’m feeling a touch discouraged as this feels like it is really dragging at this point. It has been a lot of work and not seeing huge leaps and bounds of progress . The other part of this is, is that i’ve go a lot of other stuff on hold while this is occupying 120% of my shopspace.
Oh well.. Hope to be in a better place with this by next week. I’ve got lots of free time this weekend so I would like to see the top finished so I can get into some joinery (the fun part!)
-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "