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Blog entry by mot posted 06-04-2007 01:39 AM 3323 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Using Dowelmax to join the bases with stretchers - VIDEO Part 4 of Auxillary Workbench series Part 5: Apron - The inlaid (shadow) dovetail »

I joined the bases with the stretchers by using dowels as anti rotation pins, and then running a bolt through the stretcher to pull everything up tight…

I added a top that is 22" x 12" of double thickness birch plywood. You can see some blade burn on both the plywood and the hard maple bases. It was a sharp blade, but I had feed rate issues.

Cutting the top. The excalibur blade guard is a real asset when cutting sheet goods for not only finger protection, but overblade dust extraction...

The top installed with 4 screws. The blade burn you see on both the base and the top was a feed rate issue. I'll sand some on the base...or not. The top will have a maple apron around it. I may work on that tonight or in the next day or so. I have a little bit of fancy detail planned for an otherwise utility piece.

I also used the Festool ES150 ROS to make the top smooth as glass. I had to be careful with the veneer, but the ES150 works so good I just used 150 grit on the top.

I'll post more of the apron detail when I work out the "Big Finish!"

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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#1 posted 06-04-2007 01:50 AM

Sure looks like a huge sanding table you got there – or perhaps built into the floor ;)

If that was a full size bench it would weigh a ton!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 06-04-2007 02:05 AM

Looking great Tom.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-04-2007 02:13 AM

Looks great. Keep it coming.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 06-04-2007 02:43 AM

Hey scottb, it does look like a freakishly big assembly table that I’m building a full sized workbench on top of. LOL. Ahhh, pictures.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-04-2007 03:39 AM

I love playing with scale.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#6 posted 06-04-2007 04:23 AM

I noticed that too…honey I shrunk table…. Nice table….both the mini-work and the sanding table.

I like all your dust control Tom…I think I’m shortening my life span everytime I work in my shop…gotta work on that soon.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#7 posted 06-04-2007 04:23 AM

Tom -

This is really turning out nice! I have been enjoying the process. I just downloaded the same plan from FWW.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#8 posted 06-04-2007 04:48 PM

I like the blade guard. I still “use” my factory guard. By use, I mean that it is somewhere near the saw. I’m not sure where, though. . . I like having 10 digits, so I started making the guard that was featured in Shop Notes a couple issues ago:

Blade Guard
I like that it is easy to get out of the way when needed and just as easy to move back in place. The vacuum port is nice, but not really why I went with the design.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 06-04-2007 06:17 PM

Don’t show the Festool sander again. You are making me jealous. Where did you get that huge MFT? :-)

-- John

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#10 posted 06-04-2007 06:49 PM

Making that MFT wasn’t as hard as boring those 4 inch dog holes. ;) I had to show that sander. I’m not sure it’s made it into a blog entry yet. I will tell you, if I didn’t have that Festool sander, I wouldn’t have bothered sanding the top. With Festool sanders, you look for stuff to sand…they are just that nice to use.

Jeff, I like that guard. What issue of shopnotes was that in?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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