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  1. Very interesting and informative...I will also follow this build. Thanks for sharing.
  2. I believe you are referring to shaneymack's's the link.
  3. Here's a picture of the chop prior to removal. After removal, I glued up a 4/4 board onto each end. Here's a picture. After removing the clamps, about 10 miracles happened and here's the chop in it's final shape. I still need to bevel some outer edges, but the shape is done. In the picture, the chop appears skewed. The problem is photography...the chop is symmetrical.
  4. In prepping the slabs for install on the base, I noted a small amount of twist in both slabs ~1/32". So I had a decision to make. Live with the twists and handle at final flattening, or hand plane to remove the twists, or remove the twists using my thickness planer and a planer sled. After much discussion with my mentor, Bob, I decided to use my thickness planer and a planer sled. Each slab took 5 passes through the planer on the sled to remove the twists...confirmed with winding sticks. After the twists were removed, I put the opposite sides through the planer and brought them down to a final thickness of 4 1/8". Unfortunately, no pictures. Next, I completed install of the tail vise. Here's the dry fit. Then I took the slabs to Bob's basement and cut them to final length on his sliding miter saw. Back to my garage to route the mortises in the slabs for install on the base and the mortise for the sliding deadman. Installed the tail vise...note, the tail vise block is temporary. Here's some pics... Next up...remove and finish the chop.
  5. Welcome to the forums...a great place for woodworkers.
  6. Having spent the last couple of days in a very hot garage, I can see adding some kind of air conditioning to my garage in the future. Until then: +1
  7. A work of art! Thanks for sharing.
  8. I tried to do this on both slabs, however, as Tom states, there always seems to be one board that doesn't like you.
  9. Very nice! Thanks for posting.
  10. This morning, I set up my thickness planer and planed the back slab to the same thickness as the front slab. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the slab going through the planer. However, the setup was identical to the front slab going through the planer... Here's a picture of the front slab going through the planer. Here's the back slab...overall, very happy. Here's the front & back slabs together on the base. Next up is cut the mortises on the front and back slabs so the slabs will sit on the base. In the pictures above, the slabs are sitting on a 1 1/2 inch spacer.
  11. Awesome looking bench. The raffle winner is getting a gem!
  12. If you decide to build something other than a BC Roubo, then I would strongly recommend that you make your base stout enough for a leg vise. You might even pre-configure one of the base legs like Kev did on the bench he built for a friend. The picture below is Kev's, and it nicely shows the left front leg pre-configured for a BC leg vise. You can download the BC install manual for their leg vise on the BC web site. The install manual gives all of the dimensions required for installing a BC leg vise. If you decide to use hardware from other manufacturers, as Gary mentions, I would still recommend the BC leg vise crisscross. They do sell all of their products separately. Whatever you do decide, we expect to see a journal of your build.