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Project by JoshOne posted 03-07-2012 01:28 AM 2583 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this isn’t really a project project. Just a little shop thingy on the way to a project. I’m working on a dining room table and the top is made up of 8/4 walnut slabs. Gorgeous wood. But there’s quite a bit of edge jointing and they’re too cumbersome and long for the jointer, so I’m doing it the fun way. But my $99 HF bench is a little ill-equipped so I had to make a quick deadman to support the boards while I joint them. Just some 2×4s, some 1/2” ply, screwed together and clamped to the legs, then a shim holds the board tight.

One downside: it blocks the drawers from opening. I figured this out when I clamped them on, put a board in, shimmed it tight, and then went to get my plane. In the drawer.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"





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#1 posted 03-07-2012 01:46 AM

Gotta love those moments

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 01:50 AM

Now THAT’S ingenuity!

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 03:43 AM

Doh!

Love the Walnut. Good luck with your table.

Steve T.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 09:26 AM

Very cleaver.

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

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 12:02 PM

Great solution. Had a similar problem a week ago, but I’m not as clever. Where were you then?

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

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 01:44 PM

Nice project, i really need a couple of those around my shop. Your drawer story reminds me of installing a new faucet in our kitchen …. now one one side of the casement window can be opened over the sink. DOH!

-- Something, something, something.

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 01:52 PM

interesting solution. this does illustrate nicely the utility of having the legs in the same plane as the edge of the benchtop. You might consider permanently attaching that 2x stuff to the legs – maybe on the backside so they dont interfere with the drawers?

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 02:17 PM

Where there’s a will there’s a way.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 06:12 PM

It looks like some modern leg vise.
Evidently, it works quite well.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 09:49 PM

Bloody brilliant! You people are so inventive.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 06:53 PM

This is an idea I can use right away. I need to hand plane some purple heart stock, and my bench’s legs are in the same plane as the top. BTW, I can understand your story about the conflict with the drawer—been there, done that.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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