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Operation Holtzapffel #10: The top finally comes together!

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 08-28-2008 04:44 AM 1133 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Base almost done Part 10 of Operation Holtzapffel series Part 11: Light at the end of the tunnel »

So it’s been a long time since my last post, had a bit of down time where I went on vacation and did odds and ends but I’d been making slow and steady progress on the top.

I can’t believe how much trouble I had gluing a bunch of sticks together :) All my issues stemmed from the fact that I didn’t have a good way of surfacing such long pieces. My 6” jointer just wasn’t up to the task so I faffed around trying to do it other ways. I eventually used a huge 9 foot straight edge clamp thing that I use for cutting ply to run the strips through my table saw which got me one reference edge, then I glued a bunch up and used a router on a sled (the white piece of melamine in the background is the sled) to flatten the resulting slab.

Anyway, here’s the top, it’s still in two pieces here, just getting ready for the final glue up but you get the idea.

Holtzapffel Top

So I have to glue the two halves together, trim the ends and then complete the joinery for the base, but I now feel as though there is light at the end of the tunnel :)

I also have to trim my short stretchers a bit because the depth of the top is about 3/4” less than I’d originally planned.

-- 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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PurpLev

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 05:01 AM

Nice looking top – what kind of lumber is the top made of?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 05:26 AM

This rocks!. I went back through all of your posts. This thing will turn out really nice in the end. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with “odds and ends” that interfere with my shop time.

Keep us posted. I’ll be following.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 05:29 AM

It’s maple and walnut; I’ve done a couple of pieces with maple as an accent to walnut and I really like the combo.

-- 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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#4 posted 08-28-2008 05:36 AM

Damian: the Maple/Walnut combo works really well…. I just made a note for my future bench materials! thanx for sharing, will keep checking your progress on this!

what are you planning to do with bench holes? round type?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 06:14 AM

Yeah, going with the round bench holes and I have the Veritas twin screw vise for the front and the big steel one that Chris Schwarz used in his version for the end.

Thanks Scott, glad you like it :)

-- 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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#6 posted 08-28-2008 06:34 AM

S-T-A-B-L-I-T-Y. This looks like the Rock of Gibraltar.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 06:39 AM

Really nice work there Damian. Where did you get the circular saw guide that you used as a straight edge? I was thinking I could use a long carpenters level for the same purpose.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 06:47 AM

Chris, it’s a TruGrip Pro, and I got it a while back from Amazon, not sure they still make them, love mine though.

Hey Doug, yeah it’s gonna be quite the beast :) Need to think real carefully about where to put it because moving it around will be far from trivial :)

-- 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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#9 posted 08-28-2008 12:15 PM

Nice work Damian.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 02:54 PM

I like the maple walnut combo on the top. Great looking top!!

-- Steve-o

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#11 posted 08-28-2008 03:52 PM

looking great! i really like the accent walnut! looks great on the top.

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#12 posted 08-29-2008 12:58 AM

Great combo of walnut and maple. When you talked of the difficulty squaring the sides I thought of the shipbuilders trick when they just placed the two boards to be joined together and sawed through the two touching sides…the sides may not have been planar or even square but they’d mate with each other so the join would be very tight. Then I noticed that you had the walnut accent board and I understood why the shipbuilder’s trick would not work for this application. Great blog!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 08-29-2008 05:59 AM

Sweet Damian! wasn’t expecting the walnut accent … love it. Keep up the fantastic work man!

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#14 posted 09-25-2008 02:04 AM

Very nice top Damian! I will stay tuned

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#15 posted 07-14-2009 05:22 AM

Great looking bench. I’m building one of these as well, but I’m having trouble getting 0 gaps in my laminations. Any tips on how to achieve this? Yours looks like it went pretty well.

-- Mark, Utah

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