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Blog series by martin007 updated 2122 days ago 7 parts 27146 reads 35 comments total

Part 1: making a top will boards face up?

2228 days ago by martin007 | 2 comments »

Hi All My initial idea was to build a standard 2- 1/2 inch thick laminated top from 8/4 maple lumber. But I am short of 8/4 lumber and want to keep waste and price under control. So I am thinking of making only the first 7 inch from the front edge up and doing the rest of the top with the boards face up, each board will be around 5 inch wide. My lumber is kiln dried and plainsawn. My main worry is stability I would like to get some comments or suggestions on how I could go by with this ...

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Part 2: top and legs

2155 days ago by martin007 | 2 comments »

I finally decided to build the Holtzapffel workbench. I have all legs and top parts milled, legs are glued, top pieces ready for glue up. top is ash and red oak, 3 inch thick 24 inch wide and 72 inch longlegs are red oak.vises jaws will be ash I have not decided yet on the layout of the top pieces, I have 6 peices of oak and 8 of ash, So like in the picture (hard to see) it might choose to be (from the front) 2 oak, 4 ash, 2 oak 4 ash 2 oak By the way this is my first ever pr...

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Part 3: top assembled- now resuming work on the base

2150 days ago by martin007 | 5 comments »

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 a...

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Part 4: question about the mortise and tenon joinery

2149 days ago by martin007 | 3 comments »

Hi I am getting ready to make the joinery for the legs and stretchers. I wonder if I should build the joint tight or leave some space for wood movement. The stretchers (tenon) are 5 inch in width by one inch tick. In the book, they call for a tight joint. I wonder what will happen when that 5 inch wide tenon expend in width. the legs are pretty beefy 3 by 5 inch thanks

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Part 5: base joinery

2135 days ago by martin007 | 8 comments »

Hi all Before I made the base joinery, I planned the top and it’s end grain the circular saw on one side, the flush bit for the rest I got some hobby time lately and was able to make all mortises and tenons for the base. I used the drill press for the mortises, it is not as clean as a routed mortise but it is quiet and I can do them while the kids are asleep, which is when I get most of my shop time. I used a chisel afterward to flatten the wavy wall. The teno...

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Part 6: bench completed

2130 days ago by martin007 | 3 comments »

Hi all I have completed the bench, I still don’t know if I will install the veritas twin screw vise or install a wood hook, making it a holtzapffel – roubo hybrid. So I will wait for now and start using the bench as is the drawbore mortise went pretty well, No broken peg out of 12 joints (24 pegs!). I was glad to have this nice peg cutter powered by a drill and socket , it went pretty fast. All ash pegs end were whittled, then lightly sanded and then waxed. I have al...

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Part 7: building the twin screw vise

2122 days ago by martin007 | 12 comments »

Hi all Well, I couldn’t afford the 350$ + for the wooden screws, and I didn’t like the look of the black plate on the veritas twin screw vise. So I built my own using 2 tail vise screws (40$ each) First I built the big wood pieces that will old the metal nuts. I didn’t want to use through bolts and opted for a drawbore mortise and tenon attachment. I used the smallest bit that I could for the hole, The screw is 1 1/16 and I used a 1 1/8 bit. I found It helps...

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