Workbench #4: The Finale

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Blog entry by john2005 posted 04-02-2014 06:25 PM 2340 reads 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!!

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

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 07:07 PM

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

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 07:22 PM

Fricken awesome John. You did an outstanding job man.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 07:42 PM

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.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 08:02 PM

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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#5 posted 04-02-2014 08:12 PM

Awesome looking bench John!

-- I'm so official all I need is a whistle --

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 09:53 PM

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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#7 posted 04-02-2014 11:24 PM

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

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 11:27 PM

Mighty fine looking bench.

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#9 posted 04-02-2014 11:37 PM

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 04-03-2014 01:52 AM

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, Kornell Wood Design

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#12 posted 04-03-2014 03:15 AM

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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#13 posted 04-03-2014 03:24 AM

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

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#14 posted 04-03-2014 03:27 AM

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 04-03-2014 03:46 AM

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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