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Workbench #4: The Finale

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I will mostly post pics in this one. By now, if you have followed at all you have gathered that I suck at blogging. A writer I will never be.
Some technical data. Final dimensions are 81 1/2” long, 27 1/4” wide and 35 1/5” tall. Species are Walnut and Birch. Pulled off the double through tenons, albeit not perfectly. Nothing a few little wedges couldn’t fix. I feel the bench to be a good reflection of me. A little unusual, not too crazy, has some flaws, functional but looks good. Ok, I miss the looks good part, but it fits my style. A brilliant anti-racking device was inspired by LJ Widdle. I used LJ Boatman53 Jim’s chain drive. Works amazing and very easy to set up. Nice clean look. Very nice job Jim. The end vise is a quick release from Lee Valley with a 20” chop. Works real nice, but took some adjusting to get there. Single row of dog strips are 3” in from front. 3 more holes for holdfasts in the back and a fourth that lines up with a dog hole at the far end for a planning stop. The leg vise is shaped after many (and brought to my attention by LJ Mauricio), like a Stanley lever cap. Finish is Danish oil also recommended by the crew at the smackdown thread and appreciated. I had envisioned planeing the whole thing by hand, but that birch loves to tear out. My final pass was with a #4 that I put a back bevel on. That worked better then anything else. I still sanded a few spots (something I hate and was hoping to avoid). Thanks for looking!

Any questions or comments are appreciated. Thanks!

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r500/Lewing7/Projects/Bench/1ed8520523c8cc26b36c1b9d30107eb0.jpg!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.



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Airframer

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#1 posted 142 days ago

Hell Yeah! That is one nice lookin’ bench! Now time to get to work putting some dings in it :D

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#2 posted 142 days ago

Fricken awesome John. You did an outstanding job man.

-- ~Tony

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JayT

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#3 posted 142 days ago

Geez, John, I cannot believe you would build and post such a hideous, awful creation. It is completely lacking in every significant way and you have major regrets every time you attempt to use it. Since we want to keep a clean environment, proper disposal is essential.

I know that JayT’s Recycling Service could take care of that for you for a minimal charge and put you at ease about your error :-)

Oh and by completely lacking, of course I mean amazingly designed and by regrets, I mean smiles.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Slyy

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#4 posted 142 days ago

Absolutely fantastic work John! As much as I love all the walnut in that thing, the grain the birch on the top really sets this thing apart. You should be very happy and ecstatic with the bench you crafted here. Looking forward to some frat things getting made on that bench. Outstanding!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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7Footer

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#5 posted 142 days ago

Awesome looking bench John!

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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CL810

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#6 posted 142 days ago

John I really like your bench. Everything about it screams function and great design. You’ll be using it for a long time. In fact, that may be the only downside to this bench. You’re going to have a hard time justifying building a another one! :-)

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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BigRedKnothead

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#7 posted 142 days ago

It’s got a lot of character man. Well done.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#8 posted 142 days ago

Mighty fine looking bench.

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#9 posted 142 days ago

John, outstanding build, wood selection and design.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#10 posted 142 days ago

Again, great job on the bench. It’s a looker, and is going to shepherd some outstanding projects to completion, I’m sure.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Mark Kornell

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#11 posted 142 days ago

Sweet

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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john2005

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#12 posted 142 days ago

Thanks boys, I owe a lot of the motivation and design ideas to LJs so hats off to you all. Special thanks to those of you who answered specific questions.

JayT, you’re right I do feel ashamed about what I’ve done. I think for now I will suffer through and live with it so as to motivate my not repeat my mistake. ;)

Andy, a new bench can always be justified. Maybe someday I will get a bigger shop or something. Or maybe I’ll take JayT up on his offer…...

Thanks again all

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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summerfi

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#13 posted 142 days ago

John, you did yourself proud on that thing. It’s beautiful. Almost too beautiful to use. Really really nice job!

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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#14 posted 142 days ago

Wow, it’s a beauty Ll right! So much to look at, and will probe to be a joy to work on. Congrats, and Well Done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 142 days ago

Glad the widdleracker helped, although im sure there’s a better way..Really like the color combos, Is that a spalted birch ? Good job..

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