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Operation Holtzapffel #9: Base almost done

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 06-25-2008 01:40 AM 882 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Building the top Part 9 of Operation Holtzapffel series Part 10: The top finally comes together! »

So I’ve been making slow and steady progress on the bench, and bit by bit it’s coming together. Today I finished off all the mortises for the base, so just need to chamfer the edges and draw bore the tenons and drill some holes and the base is done.

I invested in the Delta mortiser which did a great job and saved me a bunch of time doing the mortises.

Delta Mortiser

But I found the fence adjustment wheel to be pretty much useless, a micro adjust would have been great though, perhaps I can hook a digital rule to it.

and here it is so far…

Holtzapffel Base

Slowly slowly catchy monkey :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso



10 comments so far

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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 01:50 AM

Looking good. I request more progress pics.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 02:04 AM

Thanks for keeping us posted with the progress. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 03:03 AM

You and me both Todd :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 03:28 AM

cool! nice mortiser, can’t wait to see the base and top some together!

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GaryK

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 03:37 AM

I have the same machine, but I haven’t seen one yet that has a great fence adjustment. This one is better than most but not as good as a few more expensive ones.

You are suppose to cut the tenons to fit the mortises anyway.

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

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Dorje

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 03:57 AM

Nice!

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

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Damian Penney

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 04:24 AM

I march to the beat of a different, more difficult drum Gary. I mean if you want to do it the easier, more accurate way then be my guest, but I think my sloppy misaligned joints speak for themselves :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 06-25-2008 11:06 AM

This is looking good.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 06-25-2008 11:21 AM

I don’t know Damien;

It’s just not right for you to keep us waiting!

Looks very good.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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bfd

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#10 posted 06-25-2008 06:31 PM

The base is looking real good Damian, Nice progress so far. This is going to be a great looking bench.

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