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Shop Remodel #32: The Back Forty

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 01-08-2016 01:38 AM 862 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: In the thick of it. Part 32 of Shop Remodel series Part 33: Four Ended Candle »

So today juror #31 was not called upon so I got to work on the bench top.
I managed to get the back forty glued up and most of the front slab cut out.

In my last posting I had hinted to the fact that I was unsure as to the amount of wood I had, well I came up with the best solution I could. Even though I had been saving up wood for this build over the last year, it looked like I would be short on the maple, but it will work out nice as the off-cuts will be turned into a carving bench that wasn’t in the original plan. I will make a taller bench that can be used standing or sitting in a stool to work on carving work with a cabinet to hold all the knives behind it.

On the back slab of the bench I made the slab thinner than what the plans called for and there will be a step down in the side rails to keep everything level. The back will not get the abuse the front will and it does not receive any clamp hardware so there is no need for it to be as thick as the front.

It will be similar in fashion to this shaker bench, but the boards will still be vertical. The split as I had said before will be offset to the back. It will be about 19” from the front lip to the split rail and another 12” from the rail to the back. This rail setup will allow me to push chair legs up against the split and it will hold the chair from going further back. If I need anything held closer I can use a bench hook, hold fast and batten or just use one of the clamps. The split will be just proud of the tool cabinet doors when they are opened, but eventually the bench will stand out in the open and be accessible from the front or back. I have thought about making a setup for the moxon vise to be attached to the back slab easily which would open a lot of doors for me. I might just do that ;)

So here are some pictures of the slabs and planks so far.

On other news I received notice today that I was awarded a grant to put a chair and bench into my local library. I had wanted to put something in there years ago, but the director of the library was firmly against any art admissions into the library. Just this year the director left and the new director is open to artwork submissions, so I jumped at the chance and when the Cultural Coalition offered grant awards to local artisans I had to go for it. I am very excited to have something locally. I made the chocolate table a few years ago and every time I go in there to get some goodies it is fun to see it, this will be just as fun and I have a wild-ass design for the chair and bench so stay tuned for that. It will get turned into some videos for sure. On that note I will be working on the second video this weekend and finishing up my sketchup plan for the hobbit table, hopefully. I am really slow at sketchup, but I am getting better.

Take care and have fun woodworking!

-- Brian Noel



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racerglen

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 11:14 AM

Good to see you movin’ on Brian. Always enjoy your work. So not having juror #31 called, does that mean you’re off the hook or are you still in the pool for other cases ? When I’ve been called here the system has a set number of cases and you can be selected for any of them as they come up.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 01:39 PM

So I am on the hook for a few weeks and I have to call a pre-recorded message that tells what jurors are needed the next day. If my number isn’t called I don’t have to show up. When you show up you wait until a case needs jurors and then they march you in and ask questions to figure out who they want, then excuse the rest. So for now I have all weekend to get caught up on things.

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 01:49 PM

You say you’re gonna build a “stand up bench”? How bout just making a mini bench to be placed on top of yours? Might could make it so that it sits partially off the end of yours so you could use a stool to sit at it too. Here’s a couple ideas …

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/213162

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46738

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/108859

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#4 posted 01-08-2016 01:52 PM



So I am on the hook for a few weeks and I have to call a pre-recorded message that tells what jurors are needed the next day. If my number isn t called I don t have to show up. When you show up you wait until a case needs jurors and then they march you in and ask questions to figure out who they want, then excuse the rest. So for now I have all weekend to get caught up on things.

- bearkatwood

Just wear a t-shirt that says “Kill ‘em all, let God sort ‘em out” ... The judge will either let you off or throw you in jail. Either way you get out of jury duty !

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 02:11 PM

I am making a moxon for the bench and I am thinking that it will be attached to the back side when the bench is out in the open, which will make the moxon a stop for chairs to butt up to. I have room for the and I promised my wife I would make her a case to hold all the carving gear we use, then when I realized how long the off-cuts from the bench would be I thought about making a bench. I will make a cabinet above it to house the carving tools. It adds another work station to the shop so if I am working at my bench and my wife is carving I don’t have to arm wrestle her for the bench (IT”S MINE DANG IT!) Plus just wait till you see the bench’s’ legs. ;)

On the jury duty, man, where do I start. These guys need me on that jury. About a year ago I was going into the movie theater and an Oregon liberal had a car with a bunch of bumper stickers on it. I had to do a double take. It had “Keep abortion legal” and “End capital punishment” on the same car!
Something screwy there to me. Gotta go get the shop warmed up, have a great day.

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 01-08-2016 02:31 PM

glad to see you making sawdust again hope that continues man they really stretch you out for jury duty in oregon here in socal i call in each day for a week to see if your needed to report if you report your either picked that day or your dismissed and done for a least a year i guess they really dont care if you have a life or not.congratulations on the library build you deserve it brian.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 01-08-2016 03:04 PM

Love to see the progress Brian. I also like the idea you came up with for the top. I think I may go that rout as well. Only need so much surface for the heavy work. The table will be plenty heavy especially with the cabinet. I’m stealing your plans :)

Oh, also git a chuckle out of your Arc of the Covenant quip LOL

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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