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Project by balidoug posted 12-13-2016 04:46 AM 2406 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From Tom Fidgeon’s second book. Still getting my shop in order, but enjoying the process. Teak. BLO finish. Made by hand

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 12-13-2016 04:58 AM

Wood is beautiful. And I honestly don’t know: how useful is the fence on a sawbench?

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

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balidoug

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#2 posted 12-13-2016 05:30 AM

Can’t say how useful the fence would be as the bench is still unused. Fidgeon suggests it is a nice tweak when crosscutting. It attaches with a couple dowells and pops out if in the way. I doubt it added 15 minutes to the build, so why not? At the worst it’s like “sports” mode on a car. You might not need it but it’s cool to know it’s there.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 12-13-2016 05:47 AM

That’s a Dandy!

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#4 posted 12-13-2016 08:50 AM

cool bench, old school there, Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-13-2016 01:35 PM

Beautiful. Obviously you know some things about finishing. The hardware attached is also very interesting. Could you give us more information about both? This is a piece of furniture. I think it would be perfect in the entryway to sit on to take off your boots … between bouts of sawing in the shop … if you ever had the nerve to take a saw anywhere near it … and the hardware on the top didn’t interfere with Aunt Mazie’s “comfort” level.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 12-13-2016 02:28 PM

Wow, very nice!

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#7 posted 12-13-2016 02:38 PM

Very nice. This has been on my list to build for a while now.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#8 posted 12-13-2016 02:40 PM

Good lookin’ bench, but you’re gonna cry when you nick it! I agree with Smitty though, the fence seems in the way. I bored a series of dog holes down the length of mine, but have yet to use them! I just take a knee and saw away. May I assume your shop is unplugged?

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#9 posted 12-13-2016 02:54 PM

Excellent little bench. Nearly looks too good to use.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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balidoug

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#10 posted 12-13-2016 08:04 PM

Thanks, all.

The hardware shown are veritas surface clamps. Basically complicated holdfasts. I like them because holdfasts seem to me like witchcraft. The finish is just BLO. the wood was part of a project I was working on while still in Indonesia. I never finished it but after checking prices realized it would be cheaper to ship my teak to Colorado than to buy new in the States.

Thanks again everyone.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 12-13-2016 08:31 PM

Holdfasts = witchcraft. That makes me smile… :-)

Continue on the hand tool journey and you’ll someday laugh out loud at how effective they are on a benchtop. A real awakening for me, the first time I wacked one and the board wouldn’t budge.

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

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#12 posted 12-14-2016 02:10 PM

Beautiful build. Yes, the fence is useful. I built 2 of these shortly after Tom’s book came out and can attest to their functionality.

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#13 posted 01-17-2017 02:19 PM

Beautiful and functional, what more can one ask for?
Really fine work.
Think it will be a joy for you.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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balidoug

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#14 posted 05-13-2017 12:41 AM

A quick note to any passing through here. Now that it’s seen some use, I can confirm that the (removable) fence is a good addition. It is rarely in the way, easily taken out, and handy when crosscutting.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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