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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 05-07-2013 02:41 AM 1931 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The posts are tapered and have two slots to accept the base.

The slots were cut at the table saw and squared with the 1/8” chisel.

Brandon, I haven’t yet made a bench to go on the bench on top of the bench but I did make a small bench hook for it :^)

Next, I tapered the posts using a technique similar to the one Jameel used for the dovetails on the Roubo bench. In this case it is just a spacer with double stick tape.

After the band saw cut they were smoothed with a #4 1/2.

As expected the left M&T joint was loose form the undercut but not bad. I could saw and wedge the tenon or just glue a tiny spacer underneath as shown.

So, this is the extent of my progress as of tonight.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali



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#1 posted 05-07-2013 02:44 AM

This is sweet, Scott. I really like the double tapered legs.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 02:49 AM

Classy!

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

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 02:53 AM

Thanks fellas. I am not sure how to treat the through tenon…..

Cut shorter? How much?

Split and wedge?

Taper the tip? Parallel to the post’s surface or undercut to taper away from the post? Like this….

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 02:57 AM

A tusk or angled pin?

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 03:15 AM

What ever you do I like it.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 03:51 AM

Nice fix, I like the tapers and the technique you used to make them.

I’d leave the tenons long, I like Shane’s idea of the tusk tenon.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 10:58 AM

Nice job Scott. I vote to Leave the tenon long and chamfer the corners.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 11:23 AM

Not quite so long, and chamfer.

Lighting in your shop looks like one of those CSI shows on TV, all dark in the background with spots just where needed. Nice pics, nice progress!

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

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 12:25 PM

Id cut it down to around a 3/4” (or whatever thickness the tenon is) and chamfer all four sides.

Its a sexy lil rack. All pert like. Not too overdeveloped and just the right size for showing off those chisels. The statement is simple yet profound. It really mimics your style of work Scotty.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 12:44 PM

I think twice the thickness and chamfer underneath to divide the length in half.

...and yes the chisel roll is easier. Much easier.

@ Mauricio – ”Kind of a light project for you

A thought provoking comment as if there is some metric that applies. The one thing that keeps going through my mind during this small project, other than an IPA would be good right about now, is that it is no easier than building the bench. In fact, in some ways it is harder. A through tenon is a through tenon. I struggled to fashion a tenon cheek that is swallower that kerf of a saw blade while keeping it square. How to you clamp the work peice? The block plane is 3 times as big as the tenon etc…

I am not being defensive but I find these “small” projects have big challenges all their own.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 01:06 PM

Very classy. I agree that small projects can have some of their own challenges. This one is coming out great.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 01:35 PM

I admire your vision and skill.

Always enjoyable to see your work.

-- ~Tony

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#13 posted 05-07-2013 02:02 PM

;-) just trying to pay back some ball breaking I’ve received Scott, Its looking pretty cool.

I think the angled ends of the tenons (as in your drawing) fit the Asian inspired look of the whole thing pretty well. I’d say you stick with that.

Either that or the wedged tusk tenons, you could make the wedges look like little chisels? That would be cute.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 05-07-2013 02:37 PM

Maur – you have every right to bust my chops. However, I found myself saying out loud last night “Damn, this is hard.” On more than one occassion. Plus, I responded to your comment before my third cup off coffee. :^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 12:29 PM

The taper puts it over the top.
Keep it going.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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