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Old 08-11-2011, 07:58 AM
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Thats looking really great work.
Are you going to have to walk around the bench once the top is on?

I had another and another look.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:18 AM
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I had another and another look.
Alright then. That makes two.

I don't know about the rest of these guys...



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Old 08-11-2011, 04:41 PM
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I've been watching it grow full of holes and tenons via Skype. But I admit - I went back to look at the pictures again.

You have to admit - Fred's photography is really improving!
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:09 PM
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Yep, Fred's photography is improving.
Fred's skills are improving.
Fred's shop is improving.

I hope Fred's knee is improving too.
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:19 PM
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Unfortunately, it's not. The poor guy can hardly walk, and he's in constant agony (agon-knee?). I don't know how he pushes through.

I sure hope the arthroscopic surgery does the trick.
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Unfortunately, it's not. The poor guy can hardly walk, and he's in constant agony (agon-knee?). I don't know how he pushes through.

I sure hope the arthroscopic surgery does the trick.
Me too. Yet, what puzzles me is all those floor mats strewn about. Sure hope Fred doesn't trip over one and make matters worse. Hang in there bro!



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Old 08-11-2011, 09:54 PM
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I sure hope the arthroscopic surgery does the trick.

That's a big 10 4 good buddy.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:01 PM
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Me too. Yet, what puzzles me is all those floor mats strewn about. Sure hope Fred doesn't trip over one and make matters worse. Hang in there bro!



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Corwin et al,

As far as the floor mats, I will admit that I have tripped over them a couple of times but being able to stand on them while I am working is worth everything. Once I finish putting everything in place, I will get more of these and fill in some of the spaces.

Yes, it is a Benchcrafted bench. I have the Glide Leg vise and the Wagon vise. The bench is going to be under the only windows in the basement and they are north facing so I will have good natural light for planing. It will actually be two to three feet out from the wall as I want to be able to walk around it. So far the bench is made of maple. It is supposed to be all soft maple but it apparently is not. The last three mortises each took over two hours. I am SOOOOO glad that I did not go with all hard maple as I initially wanted to. Luckily Jameel, Ron & Konrad all strongly suggested soft maple which as I have learned is not all that soft. Jameel's plans suggest Ash for the large chop on the leg vise and then white oak for the parallel guide. My own personal choice bit I did not like the grain of the ash set against the maple and adding the white oak just gave me different shades of white on white. So, I looked through my lumber and found some beautiful Tasmanian Pink Myrtle(TPM). According to Woodworkers Source Tasmanian Myrtle has a dry stiffness of 2015 at 1000 psi and has a hardness rating of 1325 lbs. Using the same source Ash came in with a dry stiffness of 1720 at 1000 psi and a hardness rating of 1320 lbs. So, I said to myself, self you have a lot of TPM including one rather large piece a little over 9 inches wide, 36 inches long and 1 3/4 inches thick. Hmm, so I cut it down to 26 1/2 inches, flattened one side and then took another 3/4 inch piece, flattened one side of that and glued them up. I now usually use Konrad's stainless steel jointer (aka Big Daddy) of 28 1/2 inches to initially flatten the two side and used my new purty smoother from Ron to clean it up. So, I have enough of the TPM to make the big chop, the parallel guide and the sliding Deadman. Now most of you have already figured out this next part but for those of you that are particularly slow, like Peter, the TPM has a hue that matches my walls minus the white area and my ceiling. The very same walls and ceiling I have been so thoroughly chastised by so many of you but now, I mean NOW there is a reason.

I have many, many pictures of the build as I have moved through this build. Later today I will start posting some of them. Thank you all for so many kind and wonderful posts.

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Old 08-12-2011, 04:48 AM
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I can't wait to see more, I've been putting off a bench build until I get a space of my own/I rent the whole house from my landlord. Soon soon. It's going to be a Roubo of some sort. Today I scored two quick action vises like Schwarz uses as an end vise on the 18th c. French Bench and among other wood about 18 BF of old genuine mahogany. one is a 7 foot heavy 4/4, 10 1/2" wide! Perfectly clear. I'll post pics sometime.
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:52 AM
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Great photos, Fred, and nice work!

Keep 'em coming!


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