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  1. If I threw out a number it would be a wild guess and I'd be off a long ways. The best I can say is it seemed to go real quick. I usually don't have whole shop days, usually just one or two hours at a time, and it doesn't seem like I spent a lot of hours in this build at all. I'm not sure if I mentioned it before, but the live edge dead man was just a hair brained, spur of the moment idea. I had no real use for the board otherwise and thought it might flow well with the old-timey feel for the rest of the bench. It's actually only 4/4, so I laminated a second 4/4 board with a heavy chamfer on the back. Doing that lamination made cutting the 90* notch on the bottom very easy, since I just cut 45* chamfers on the bottom of each before the glue up.
  2. Thanks man. I was lukewarm to the look of the bench until I wiped it down with mineral spirits the first time. I dig the color. I thought about filling the pores of the top, and I suppose theres no reason I can't do so at some point.
  3. Same. Occassionally I'll get brave and venture toward Minwax wipe on poly, or most recently Waterlox...both of which have extremely similar properties, application method and results as ARS
  4. It's something like 2 3/8". Partly to make it easy to slide clamps in, partly to hit 24" total width. Each slab ended up slightly narrower than the plans called for but I still wanted at least 24".
  5. I'm really disappointed in the photos, I may (but probably won't) dig out the DSLR and try to snap a few quality pictures. These are just so washed out they didn't capture the figure in the wood or depth of the color variations. Something odd...the dead man and end cap are both cherry, and mostly heart wood, but the color just isn't there. Hopefully they start to catch up with the leg vise chop.
  6. Alright, got a bit impatient. Photo dump time. I couldn't capture the ray fleck on the tops in the pictures, so that sucks. It's not perfect and never was going to be...but I'm happy, happier than I expected to be. I think I made it the best I could have given my skill, time to dedicate, and material.
  7. Yup, I know. I'm using up some leftover waterlox. I will certainly have to be careful not to build up too much of a finish.
  8. So I had to go back to work and that really derailed my shop time. But...ya know what today is? Finishing day. The bench is complete, save for the lower shelf and some trimming i will need to do to the dogs to account for the rubber/cork. I ain't gonna lie, the bench is starting to look cool. The finish is making it pop. Pictures later today or tomorrow.
  9. The chop is cherry and maple. The 6/4 cherry I was going to double up to use for the chop ended up being a little too thin after milling, so I laminated some scrap maple in between the two halves of cherry. Kind of an after thought and the only place maple has been used on the bench, but whatev. The deadman will likely be cherry as I have a lot of it on hand, and the end cap and dogs are cherry. I have some live edge cherry that could turn out pretty cool. As I type this though...I realize I do have quite a bit of curly maple and that may tie into the maple in the chop...
  10. Thanks to government inefficiency, I was off all weekend. The major lifting is done. It needs a lot of cleanup, flattening, etc, but at least it now looks like a bench. I ended up at about 82" long and 24 1/2 inches wide. The gap stop is about 2 1/4". Back to work tomorrow, but after flattening, I'll be on to shaping the chop, making the shelf, making the gap stop and figuring out what I'm going to use for the deadman. All relatively quick, tasks.
  11. That's essentially when I ended up doing. I threw their directions away and went at it. I ended up making the deep channels about a quarter inch deeper than the plans called for, then had to mortise the bottom steel reinforcement plates even deeper, but I finally got the silky smooth action intended. Soooooo the leg vise is done, each slab is cut to final length, and the base is assembled. So close to getting the slabs mounted onto the base and I had to stop because I cant lift the base onto the slabs by myself. After making it this far alone, I'm going to need a hand lifting something
  12. I spent all afternoon installing the leg vise. What a colossal pain. I read somewhere on here someone praising the "detailed and clear" instructions. I guess my brain doesn't work that way. Reading those directions feels like reading the technical directions for a stereo system. The channels are routed out, the holes are drilled and I'll be trying to get it in working order tomorrow morning. A fifteen minute test for the criss cross arms didn't go so well...the holes for the steel rods are apparently too low/deep as the rods didn't line up with the criss cross. I suppose that means deepening the channels some, or maybe just removing some material at the top of the channels.
  13. Skipping to the end to just're a machine Drew. Not counting the few pros here, you must have the most production of anyone on the forum.
  14. The gnarly knot in the front right has what seemed like a liter of epoxy in it. It was going to get hidden, but I changed my mind and threw it on the front. I kind of wish it was further up on the leg to be more visible. On to the leg vise. Getting real close now.
  15. Back to work either tomorrow or Saturday, I didn't get it done. Close though. The leg mortises are all cut and the holes drilled in the right front leg. The chop is glued up. Tonight I got the side rails milled and cut to length but needs tenons cut. After the rail tenons are done itll be on to the leg vise install