@Pwk5017 Auctions: yes. $800: in my dreams. 36 inch band saw: almost bought it but I opted for the 20 inch Northfield bandsaw. After reading about all manner of power tools, I fell in love with Northfiled tools. I set out to deck out my workshop with all Northfield tools. At this point, the only item I am missing is a Northfiled planer but I am not done looking.
Back to the project:
I had a couple of hours of shop time today. The top is planed and ready to for glue up. The top was supposed to be 4.0 inches but to get all the components to equal thickness and avoid too much hand planing, the final thickness turned out to be 3.975. Still very happy with the way it turned out. I did use my Domino to help keep the pieces aligned.
Pretty flat surface for the workbench top.
The edge is lined up to be crosscut with a handsaw (ordered a Lie-Nielsen). Do not have a track saw and really not sure I want to spend the money. I wonder if Shaney has one too many Festool track saws? I am thinking he got such a good deal and bought one and forgot that he had one already. Maybe he can let me borrow it for about 2-3 years. I am good about returning borrowed tools.
Biggest lesson learned so far: cut the pieces for the top to appropriate length with clean cuts at both ends. When I build my next workbench in 18 years, I will keep that in mind.
The apron is milled and ready to go. When I was choosing this workbench, I had a really difficult time visualizing how the mechanism for the twin-screw vise would fit under the top but now, I feel pretty stupid. The two screws go on either side of the leg and there is space enough for the components under the top.
Need a bit of advice:
Lie-Nielsen vises come in 12, 18, and 24 inches. I plan on making fine furniture with liberal use of dovetails and whatnot. Which vice would you recommend? I am having a hard time choosing between 18 and 24. My brain tells me to go with the 24 (no difference in price) but my concern is that the bigger the vise, the more chances that it might rack. Input appreciated. I have not ordered the vice yet.
The OP said that these posts had been sitting around for some time, so I'm guessing they're not as wet as a PT 4x4 right off the bunks at Lowe's. I think the router is the wrong tool altogether. How about using a table saw? Set a suitable bevel, run the pieces twice per face and then hog out the middle however is easiest. Perfectly centered dovetail slot done lickety split.
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Muellers has the supplies. I believe cue makers use a metal lathe. There are special cue lathes to do shaft work and linen wraps. Good luck if you take up cue making. A good custom cue is a work of art. I use Schon & Viking cues.