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  1. SS on aluminum, I wonder if that body isn't going to wear down over time and lose it's ability to lock or lose it's square. I'd never make a tool like that out of aluminum, At first I was hoping they were red stainless or something.
  2. The back slats jig takes a bit of trial and error i found on mine. My slats were long enough that I was able to do the testing on the ends of one of the slats to get things dialed in. I then cut them to length and did the tenons.
  3. I'm not quite close on symetry yet. It looks uneven. I was goign to use a quick template like Marc does in the rocker video just to give a good starting point. I was hoping to make more progress on both of my current projects but it's still in the peak busy time of year for me. It's also peak fishing season and i haven't been out once yet.... I should move my boat further in the driveway so i can't help but hook up to it and take off.
  4. I was going to look into that as well as just throwing a strait edge across and using offsets and measurements to keep things similar. I also want to create a template that I set on top that could give me horizontal information as well, like outline and a shape for the deepest part ect. My one hesitation with the drilling is what happens if my drill bit goes a bit too far....
  5. Not a huge update here. I've mostly been playing with patterns and trying to figure out some of the tricky aspects this build is going to present. I did a second sculpting of a seat and it turned out better than the first. Talking with Bmac I determined that I was trying to create too steep of a slope on the back edge of the seat and it was causing me to dig in a bit too much. I also approached the power carving a bit differently. All in all things worked out much better but i need to do more testing so i can get each seat more uniform. One of the key things stressed by Bmac is to do pre-carving. In the image above you can see the outline for the seat. This goes to the band saw and gets cut out. The pommel area also gets shaped at the band saw cutting on an angle. The boards just right of center get traced and cut after the center. The outside boards I shaped free hand with the band saw but after talking to Bmac he mentioned power carving them before gluing the seat up. I can see how this would be a big benefit and I'm going to try that on my next seat and cover this in more detail. I got the cherry for this project last week and have it acclimated and stacked in the shop. While I've been working on the Roubo I've also been cutting out and shaping the templates for the chairs. I printed details from my cad drawing to scale at work. I had to stitch together 11x17 sheets to get the sizes i need. After i got them all stitched together I secured them to some 1/4" ply with spray adhesive. I won't be using these for template routing, well maybe. I might make some template sleds, or I might just use them to trace lines, cut to the line on the band saw and shape with hand tools. Not sure. With some of the sharper curves I'm probably goign to have to do the template routing method. These will for sure help me determine grain layout on project parts.
  6. I didn't think of the feet thing. I placed a board under my current bench that will stop my toes from going under, lets see if it bothers me. If any one things of anything else let me know. As i see it, lowering the shelf just provides less space to store wood shavings and sawdust.
  7. For the Roubo builders out there. Is there any reason to have so much dead space under neath the bottom shelf? I plan on making under bench storage and am kicking around lowering the bottom shelf piratically to the floor. I know this will change the length of the deadman but I don't see any other reasons it wouldn't work. Tell me if I'm missing something.
  8. With a bigger shop to make even more cases! Oh man this could turn into a vicious cycle fast.
  9. I know but they are listed permanently closed on google maps. I was going to drive by Saturday when i was in the area and saw it (ran out of time). I can't find any evidence to support this though. Lot was sold in 2010 to some LLC. They missed a tax payment the end of 2018. Can't find that it was listed for sale or anything else. I can't find any information on the company that owns the lot either.
  10. Oh yeah i forgot that you mentioned that earlier. Though being from the same tree isn't always a guarantee that you'll get a match though it's more likely. When i put the mortise on the wrong side I hacked the leg into 15 pieces and burned it so i hear ya on the dumb mistake. Taking a break is always the best thing to do. Glad you got the replacement mad and are moving forward I'm excited to see this one finished.
  11. That's a really nice and clean looking through motrise. I messed up a chair leg really bad so a stool leg isn't the worst. I'm not sure how the stock you are working with looks but I'd bet you could find another piece that matches. Though if you can't find what you like do it right. I made very few compromises when i made my chairs and I really appreciate it now. The chairs are still one of my all time favorite projects. Megan has caught me quite a few times just staring at the curly grain on the arms.
  12. Oh it'll look like a well used bench after a couple years. I'm going round because easier. I think square are neat but a lot of dang work i don't need and won't appreciate.
  13. Legs are goign to be cherry. The chop is going to be walnut or I might dig through some of the exotics i got in a package deal and veneer an exotic to the chop face or even the deadman. Despite it being a bench it's goign to be the focal point when you walk in my shop so i do want it to have some wow factor. The wow factor is mostly for myself.
  14. Can't help it. I got end cap cut to length. Laid out the dovetails on the front laminate, cut on the band saw and transferred to the end cap. I routed out the first 1/4" and did all the chiseling. I know people in the past have talked about how cutting these tails causes a bit of a pucker factor. So i dug out my short mortising bit. It's only 1/4" cutting length so it made the routing a lot easier of a process. I still had to switch to a longer bit for the final cuts but getting a good 3/4" out of the way with the smaller bit helped. It probably also helped that I was using walnut. This stuff cuts like a hot knife through butter. The fit isn't perfect but it holds the front laminate in place and looks good. There are a few gaps but i'll try and take care of those with sanding.
  15. Ahhh time for case #2? It doesn't look like you have much space left.
  16. These are really cool. I really like the organic shapes adds character to each bowl.
  17. Yeah so I'm supposed to be working on dining chairs. My excuse was I needed to get material before i could progress on the project but in reality I really wanted to make something for my shop. So while i waited for a chance to get a lumber order into my schedule I grabbed a bunch of the 8/4 cherry i got a good deal on.Why cherry? Because everyone does maple and I want to do something different.. ( I also got the cherry for a steal. I didn't want to be wasteful with the lumber and the boards I had were odd widths. Everything was 7-7/8" wide which is frustrating. So i ripped half the boards I needed with 1 extra. I then took the too narrow boards and proceeded to make them wider. This is a bench not a piece of furniture so if some glue seams show up on end grain so be it. Odds are it's not going to be noticeable. The boards I laminated to get the needed thickness were placed towards the center. I also had some boards with heavy wane. I made sure that I coordinated them within the slab and used them as the picture below shows better than I can explain. Yep there is a big void in the center of my bench towards the bottom. Do I care? Heck no! it's going to be buried inside the bench never to be seen what does it matter? One of the boards had some really awesome figure. So I pulled one piece of that board out to make it the front laminate. The 2nd board was used as the show face of the rear slab. The board for the rear slab was a tiny bit thin so there is a piece laminated to the bottom. I tried to grain match it some and get a similar color board. In the end it's hard to tell and I'm happy with it. After lots of milling and emptying this thing twice, I got al the material for the slabs milled and together. I even used cherry dominoes for alignment. I used Marc's hit and miss planing method to somewhat straiten the boards. This worked well and left me a LOT more material than he ended up with. I was able to do my rear slab with 6 pieces instead of 7 and my front is 4 pieces with a random stick of 3/4" thrown in for some extra width. While gluing the slabs together I was worried i was going to induce a bow. These boards were NOT strait at this point. I rotated them to offset as much as possible but in the end the chance that the slabs would be strait is low. SO i stacked the deck in my favor. Bent lamination uses a form to hold a curve the opposite can also be done. So i grabbed the front laminate strip and jointed it perfectly strait. I then rotated it and clamped it along both slabs during glue up and this will ensure that the side is strait and because all the boards are an even thickness everything is parallel. In practice this worked just as well as in theory. My 52" veritas strait edge confirmed that these guys are laser strait. I used some winding sticks and confirmed that they were free of twist. Holy !!!!! These things are heavy! Next up is end cap and the mortise and stuff. I trimed the front slab to length and then cut the tenon. I glued up some walnut that I scored of C_list a while ago for cheap. This stuff was some guys shorts, and were like 18" long and perfect for this. The color ended up being surprisingly beautiful. I cut the mortise in the end cap easy peasy. I extended the mortise and am setting my bench up to be able to come apart. I don't have the BC hardware yet and will probably use this bench for a while before I buy the tail vise. I'll buy the leg vise prior to completing the bench. So I drilled the holes in the end cap and am using some 6" long spax screws to attach it to the front slab. Now the first big OH !@$(%! moment happens. I realized I drilled the internal hole with a 1-3/8" forstner bit instead of a 1-1/2" bit. So taking a breath I grabbed a block of walnut because it's what i had sitting in the scrap bin. I drilled a hole all the way through like 1/16", this is the guide for the forstner bits. I drilled one side with the 1-3/8" bit and the other with the 1-1/2" bit. I used the smaller bit to line up the block on the outside of the bench. I fed it through the inside as seen below. Once i had the block lined up on the outside I used the 1-1/2" bit to drill the rest of the way through the guide block and into the end cap. After I got a good way into the end cap i took everything apart and finished the hole on the drill press to make sure that it was strait. Next is the dog hole strip. After reading the part on this. I decided my time was worth more than the cool factor of square dogs. So I glued up three 3/4" pieces and made the dog hole strip. To get everything lined up I ran dominoes through all 3 laminations and into the bench. The dominoes were 65mm long and this worked flawlessly. So here we sit. As i work through this I'll hit periods where glue needs to dry. I"m going to take that time to work on the templates for the dining chairs and get the bent lamination mold for the back rest started. This walnut color is going to look awesome with finish.
  18. Not gonna lie those statues are awesome, totally didn't even notice the beautiful curly walnut till the last picture. I think you did an excellent job. Just try and forget the mistakes and after a year or 2 you won't know any better either.
  19. That looks like a much better solution. No more rotating and trying to get things in a tight spot. I'm a bit jealous of that. I have to break my plywood down before it comes into my shop otherwise it's just too dang difficult to carry it in.
  20. I never understood why other people talk so poorly about the middle of nowhere. It's such a great place, no people and more freedom to do what ever you want.
  21. The above are links to 2 good companies that sell replacement parts for wooden plans. Below is the link to a plane that I suspect is what you have. It should give you some additional information about the hand plane.
  22. Looks like you are working towards a shop again. That will be exciting once you get set up.
  23. Nice work I like the walnut and that maple together.