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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #12: The Deadman

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 09-04-2012 04:06 AM 4419 reads 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJ Buddies,

Here is my most recent progress. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

I previously milled the grove on the underside of the bench.

I cut a rabet 3/4” in from the front and glued on a 3/4” tenon.

This was cut by hand. First had to perfect the fit.

Laid out the design with a wax pencil.

Bandsawed the curve then cleaned up with a spokeshave.

After drilling the holes and cleaned the Jatoba with Acetone and glued on the tenon and bottom piece with TBIII

To keep the tenon as long as possible and still be able to slip it into the groove I came with this idea, chamfering the back corner of the tenon. It works pretty well.

I cut one side of the V on the table saw but because the block on this end is not the same thickness as the other, the deadman wont sit flat to cut both sides so I cut the other side with a hand saw.

Then cleaned up the cut with my #92, it works well but it is a knuckle buster, I cut myself about 3 times on this step. Not on the plane of course but on the sharp edges of the work piece.

For the rail I used my #5 and #7 to joint one face and edge of a board and then ripped it off on the table saw.

And here is how it looks with the bottom rail temporarily in place.

I cut the rail to make a little door for removing the deadman. Screwed them down.

Left a neat little gap at the top. Just trial and error, no logic on how much room I left.

And here is where we leave off.

Thanks again to BrandonW for giving me the Jatoba. I’ve put it to good use.

As always thanks for watching!

Mauricio

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



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KOVA

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 04:24 AM

ESE HOMBRE MUERTO TIENE MUY BUENA VIDA MAURICIO JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA
EXCELENTE TRABAJO ARTESANO-INGENIOSO ;-D

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 11:52 AM

You are doing awesome work! I like the Jatoba, it provides a nice contrast!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Don W

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 11:53 AM

what a great looking bench. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 11:54 AM

Nice Mauricio.

That is the jatoba that Brandon gave right?

-- 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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#5 posted 09-04-2012 12:37 PM

I like the shape of the deadman! It’s coming along nicely, M.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 01:02 PM

Kova, gracias harmano.

Deadman sounds really weird in Spanish. “Hombre Muerto” ha ha ha :-)

Thanks Nate and Scott, Yes, thanks again to BrandonW for the giving me this Jotoba! It’s a beautiful piece of wood.

Don, Thank you sir!

Brandon, Since Scott took my idea for the Coves I had to do something different. ;-)

Just kidding, I wanted something subtle that would break up the blockyness of the roubo style. I think it worked out. Also, the space I have for the deadman is kind of small so I think this slim look makes it look taller than it actually is.

-- 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 09-04-2012 01:22 PM

Great job Mauricio! The deadman looks awesome!

-- Jason K

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 02:02 PM

very nice work Mauricio. hmm… I still need to make one of those ;)

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

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#9 posted 09-04-2012 02:17 PM

Getting closer… I was more excited to see your update blog than I was to see that my travel plane till made top 3 ;-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#10 posted 09-04-2012 02:18 PM

Thanks Purp! You like to stretch projects out I’ve noticed. Speaking of which, you’ve seen my wagon vise “a la PurLev” right? I wish I had your metal working skills, I’d put a wheel on mine too.

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

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#11 posted 09-04-2012 02:20 PM

A fine deadman, Sir! Well done!

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

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#12 posted 09-04-2012 02:26 PM

Thanks Mos! And thank for the support. Congrats on making top 3!

I think I’ve only made it there once and it was on plane restorations so it wasn’t even something I made. No wait my tool cabinet made it.
I have a theory that if you post your project after midnight you’ll have more time to get a lot of hits to make top 3. I’ll have to try it next time.

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

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 09-04-2012 02:27 PM

Thanks Smitty, I credit your deadman for the mechanics of my design so thanks!

Thanks Smitty’s deadman.

-- 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 09-04-2012 02:33 PM

That’s a abstract only a benchmaker can love. :-)

I know you waivered at one time re: adding the deadman to your bench. It’s always what you know vs. the hundreds of other ways to do the same task, but I wouldn’t do without this simple bench appliance. I’m interested to hear how useful you find it in the everyday workings of your bench. Again, nice job.

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

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 09-04-2012 02:48 PM

Yeah, I remember you saying that you cant be totally cool if you dont have a deadman, so I said, I better put one on! he he.

A lot of the antique French benches I used for inspiration didnt have them. I’m sure I wont regret it though. Maybe they used one of those bench slaves for edge jointing long boards.

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

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