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    Thank God the epoxy fills in the gaps.




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    Looking at the underside of the top now. A wider lamination has been added which becomes the front of the tool tray.







    Additional pieces are glued to the end caps to form the ends of the tool tray.



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    Keeping it simple.




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    This is fascinating stuff Jim, thanks for taking the time to share and narrate this!

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    Thankee, Captain. One more and that'll be it for a while.




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    Almost done and it's not even the shortest day yet. Should have built a guitar instead.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Thank God the epoxy fills in the gaps.
    Gaps?

    Yeahlike we actually believe there's gaps...
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Very cool. I like the two step chamfer, that is a neat little touch.

    Jim, how do you go about chopping out the sockets for those dovetails that you show in post #78?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTINSEN View Post

    Jim, how do you go about chopping out the sockets for those dovetails that you show in post #78?
    Freehanded with a big plunge router to scribed lines.









    After the joint's been cleaned up a bit. Look better with a bit of varnish.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Almost done and it's not even the shortest day yet. Should have built a guitar instead.


    Looks great!

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    A hundred years from now somebody's going to notice those perfect table legs. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Should have built a guitar instead.
    Looks like you'll have some winter evenings free.

    Freehanded with a big plunge router to scribed lines.
    But can you do it with your eyes closed?
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    Strewth!!@

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Strewth!!@
    Wot an understatement !
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    Wow, Jim. I don't post here much anymore, but I just wanted to say thanks for sharing those pictures. I still need to build myself a bench, and this is motivation to attempt to do it right (as right as a real wood butcher can).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt J. View Post
    Wow, Jim. I don't post here much anymore, but I just wanted to say thanks for sharing those pictures. I still need to build myself a bench, and this is motivation to attempt to do it right (as right as a real wood butcher can).
    Well, that's a good thing, right? Thanks for the encouragement, Matt, and all the rest of you. If I didn't post here, nobody would have seen any of this yet.

    Here's a couple to be going on with.

    Wedged tenons in the trestle base.








    The base being fitted together with the top.




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    You gonna sand out those planer marks?

    Nice bench, you must have a lot of free time on your hands, hows the job you measured up back in Nov. coming along? Still in design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donn View Post
    I haven't looked in for a while. It's coming along nicely, and looks like it'll be a real beauty.

    How will it be finished?
    Thanks, Donn. I'nm thinking of using wipe-on poly for the finish. Easy to apply, easy to recoat in the future, tough, but no real varnish build-up.


    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Girouard View Post
    You gonna sand out those planer marks?
    Those marks aren't planer marks, Paul, they're thickness sander marks, not even marks really, just a kind of oscillation scuff that you can't even feel. Yeah, I'll sand it out, nothing to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Girouard View Post
    Nice bench, you must have a lot of free time on your hands,
    Thanks, but why would you think that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Girouard View Post
    hows the job you measured up back in Nov. coming along? Still in design?
    Plans approved, shop full of material, lacquering up forty dovetailed drawers, cutting and assembling cases, pushing it along. But, you've seen all that kind of thing already, so I'll post some stuff when it starts looking good.

    What're you up to?

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    Glad to see you let your wife come out and play too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by capt jake View Post
    Glad to see you let your wife come out and play too!

    Can't stop her.

    I've got to remember to check the log-in from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Ledger View Post
    Thanks, Donn. I'nm thinking of using wipe-on poly for the finish. Easy to apply, easy to recoat in the future, tough, but no real varnish build-up.




    Those marks aren't planer marks, Paul, they're thickness sander marks, not even marks really, just a kind of oscillation scuff that you can't even feel. Yeah, I'll sand it out, nothing to it.



    Thanks, but why would you think that?



    Plans approved, shop full of material, lacquering up forty dovetailed drawers, cutting and assembling cases, pushing it along. But, you've seen all that kind of thing already, so I'll post some stuff when it starts looking good.

    What're you up to?
    Quote Originally Posted by capt jake View Post
    Glad to see you let your wife come out and play too!
    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Ledger View Post
    Can't stop her.

    I've got to remember to check the log-in from now on.
    too funny
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Crap, did it again. I feel like Nanoose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Ledger View Post
    Can't stop her.

    I've got to remember to check the log-in from now on.
    LOL. I found it kinda nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracey Ledger View Post

    What're you up to?
    Nothing that interesting , just work, glad to have it these days.

    Gettin in touch with your feminine side eh

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    I thought that this looked pretty cool.

    Roughing out a cut-out in the bottom of the benchtop to accept one of the vises. Straight bit in a plunge router run against clamped-on stops. I'll finish it by hand from here.

    I looked more than once to make sure that the top was upside down and I was on the right end, even though I was sure I was.





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    I have another question Jim. Where the legs attach to the laminated table top, they cross some of the bench dog holes, blocking the hole from going all the way the through. Having never used a true woodworking bench before, I'm wondering if that affects the functionality of the bench? Won't those holes collect dust and shavings and glue, etc etc?
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    The base being fitted together with the top.

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    I thought that this looked pretty cool.

    Roughing out a cut-out in the bottom of the benchtop to accept one of the vises. Straight bit in a plunge router run against clamped-on stops. I'll finish it by hand from here.

    I looked more than once to make sure that the top was upside down and I was on the right end, even though I was sure I was.


    I hate that feeling, you know you’re on the right side but there’s always that doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McMike View Post

    I hate that feeling, you know you’re on the right side but there’s always that doubt.

    It beats the feeling of knowing your on the right side and end , UNTIL RIGHT AFTER the router makes the first cut and it become "CRYSTAL CLEAR " that your NOT

    Excellent work Mr. Ledger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Girouard View Post
    It beats the feeling of knowing your on the right side and end , UNTIL RIGHT AFTER the router makes the first cut and it become "CRYSTAL CLEAR " that your NOT

    Excellent work Mr. Ledger!

    Without a doubt on both counts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    I have another question Jim. Where the legs attach to the laminated table top, they cross some of the bench dog holes, blocking the hole from going all the way the through. Having never used a true woodworking bench before, I'm wondering if that affects the functionality of the bench? Won't those holes collect dust and shavings and glue, etc etc?

    Paul, Paul, Paul...do you really think that I'd make such a beginners mistake as laying out the dog-holes so that they hit the legs?

    None of the holes are blocked at all, none, cause I got lucky and only had to shift things around a little bit from the "plans", but it was a close one, let me tell you.

    This is the progress so far on the vise cut-out and notching. As this is the bottom of the bench, and the vise will make this spot virtually unseeable, so that the only person who will ever see this again will be the guy (and it's always a guy) stealing the vise a hundred years hence, I've decided to leave this spot rough. Besides, I like the gouged-up texture and there's a glass of wine waiting by the chair next to the fire.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    I've decided to leave this spot rough. Besides, I like the gouged-up texture and there's a glass of wine waiting by the chair next to the fire.
    Well are you gonna at least clock the screws that attach the vice hardware?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Never again, Paul. It's enough to know that if I wanted to, I could, but being thought of as a pretentious amateur with time on his hands, or worse, being made fun of by tugboat deckhands, makes me un-clock any two screws whose slots happen to line up by chance.
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    The notching for the vise continues. This is the back half of the vise, the part that fastens to the bench. Taking the vise apart lessens the weight and makes it easier to handle while fitting. The front of the bench has been cut back so that the face of the fixed jaw will be about 1/8" in front of the bench. Some of the cut-outs have been roughed out ready for final fitting, the next step.

    The Dominos were an unpleasant surprise but should be an easy thing to patch over. I try and think of everything only to get tripped up by a stupid thing like that. It's a good thing nobody's letting me make a boardroom table, I'll stick with things that get a coat of paint.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    things that gets a coat of pain.
    I know what that looks like.

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    What are dominoes? the bench is looking great Jim!

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