|Project by chrisstef||posted 08-11-2015 01:52 PM||6574 views||23 times favorited||43 comments|
Ive blogged it and shown it on a couple other long standing threads but I needed to make it officially an entrant into my small woodworking portfolio here on LJ’s, so here it is …. again lol. Its finished size is 25” wide, 70” long, 5” thick and 34” off the ground. The finish is simply natural Danish oil.
Here’s the story behind the materials used:
This project started off a couple of years ago with the acquisition of the timbers. The doug fir timbers started their life off as roof columns for an experimental building owned by the VA here in Connecticut that, the company I work for, was contracted to do some demolition work on. Part of that job was removing the entire roof structure. Originally 6”x6” they were milled down to 5” square, well, close to that at least. You’ll see that ive inlaid a darker strip of walnut in between the fir timbers on the top. This was due to a milling mishap where they came back at 4 7/8” instead of 5”. I had to make up the difference in the top because I build the base first. Probably not my smartest decision but that’s how it goes.
The end vice jaws, leg vice chop, parallel guide and deadman are all native cherry and come from one 8/4 board I bought off a customer who runs a mill. The brass garter on the leg vice was milled by my father in law and was scrap from his workplace at Pratt & Whitney. The screw and hub came from a trade with LJ BigRedKnothead who acquired the screw in a trade with LJ Arlin who had it turned for him (at least that’s the story I remember). Ive used a stick of mystery wood I got in a care package from LJ 7footer as the peg for the parallel guide. The handle for the leg vice was turned by LJ CL810 and acquired in another trade for a miter box tree. The end vice was a salvage from the depths of the warehouse at work and the handle was turned by LJ Bhog. A pretty cool lineage in my book.
The top is held together with just glue joints. The stretchers are all pegged mortise and tenon. The top attaches to the base with through mortises. Deadman rides on a “V” shaped piece of hard maple and a cleat screwed to the back slides in a 3/4” dado in the underside of the top.
It took me a few months of working 2 hours here and there after my little guy would fall asleep but in the end im pretty proud of the monster ive created. There’s a bit of tweaking to be done along with adding dog holes and holdfasts but in the end she functions. Many battle wounds are forthcoming.
Thanks for the look and I apologize for the redundancy in my multiple posts. There's more pictures in the thread of the blog post.
-- "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