Holtzapffel workbench project #3: top assembled- now resuming work on the base

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Blog entry by martin007 posted 09-08-2008 03:36 PM 1993 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi All, there is nothing like a rainy day to get things done in the shop :o)

Top is now ready for final flatenning and finishing. I got the two half pretty much aligned on final glue up so it shouldn’t be too hard. Thanks to my planner and jointer. I sure love my DJ20 jointer

I would like to get some suggestion on finishing the top. I am thinking about a mix of linseed oil with beewax, or varnish. I hope that after the finish applied, there will be a greater contrast between the ash and oak. It is sure not like a walnut and maple contrast.

Next to do: the stretchers and the base joinery

Here is some shots, thanks for watching

Should I leave the top there for an outfeed table to the bandsaw and do another one for the workbench !? :o)

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 03:52 PM

God, what I wouldn’t have given for a DJ20 on this project! Coming along very nicely Martin (and embarrassingly quickly I might add :)

-- 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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#2 posted 09-08-2008 05:26 PM

yeah, that would make for a very sturdy outfeed table …. who needs a workbench anyways :)

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2008 09:01 PM

Rub it in… You have a DJ20…. Is it one of the older ones or news x5 model?

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

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#4 posted 09-08-2008 09:39 PM

for the finish just go with something like a danish oil. you don’t want wax or finish because things will be slipping and sliding everywhere. time will take care of the oak and the ash. its coming along really nice though.

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#5 posted 09-09-2008 12:23 AM

Yes Chris, it is the X5 model

Danish oil is a made out of boiled linseed oil and varnish right. I have both in the shop, so I guess I could make a little recipe

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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