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  1. I managed to the all the joinery for the main case finished today. The mitered dovetails turned out quite well. One corner has a bit of a gap, but it's nothing a bit of glue and sawdust won't fix. All the rest are nice and tight. I'm now playing with the layout of the internals. I don't every see myself getting any huge planes, so I don't need that much vertical space. I want to put some books in there, and I've already got some drawers from a previous project that didn't get used. I'm not sure what the final layout will be, but I've got a few days to think about it now.
  2. That looks like a lot repetitive box and drawer making! Oh, and congrats on your subs. Your channel is really growing!
  3. I hear you... I found the instructions made it much more complicated than it needed to be. They need someone to go through it and simplify it. I found that if I just sat back just and pictured what is going on in my mind, it became much easier to understand.
  4. Not a huge update, but I finally got some shop time today. I got everything milled down to final dimension and started on case joinery. The original plan was to use a Leigh jig that I got on clearance, but by the time I found all the parts, read the manual again and realized I would have to mill my parts thinner, I said the hell with it and just went with hand cut dovetails. I also decided to try the mitered dovetails as per the plan. Anyway, this is where I finished today:
  5. Oh believe me, I'm certainly one to go a little overboard on shop furniture as my Roubo will attest to. I'm currently debating with myself whether to even put the outer doors on my cabinet as I likely will be leaving it open most of the time, but you guys have me thinking about keeping it closed for rust protection. The other issue I'm envisioning is the size of this thing. My main cabinet will be 10" deep, and the inner doors will be 3 3/4", and the outer doors are about 2", so overall I'm looking at about a 16" deep cabinet. It's just sounding a little massive, so without the outer doors, at least it's a little smaller. At least it's somewhat modular, so I can always play with it and decide from there.
  6. Looking good. Serious question though: Why spend a lot of time or money on what the exterior doors will look like? Don't most of these cabinets just end up staying open the vast majority of the time?
  7. At the end of the day, the twin screw and the leg vise are just ways of holding wood, and there is obviously a lot of overlap in their functions. They do have things they specialize in, but you had just one, I suspect you would be absolutely fine. I have a Moxon vise that I made when I was learning dovetails, and it's probably the best vise for that specific function. But if I didn't have it, my leg vise would still work fine.
  8. I believe the criss cross design is meant more to avoid having the pinboard in the bottom and address racking along the long axis of the vise, rather than laterally. The criss cross still racks a fair bit in a left to right direction (as shown by Marc in Friday Live). As mentioned above, the twin screw is not really meant as a competitor/replacement for a traditional leg vise.
  9. I'll do the same as Matt the second I finish my bandsaw mill
  10. So now that I've finished my bench, I'm getting to a project I've wanted/needed for a couple of years - a wall hanging tool cabinet. As with SawDustB I also considered the one from FWW, and even bought a set of plans from Lee Valley, but finally decided to get the Guild project. Having watched the all the videos so far has been instructive, but I will be deviating from Matt's plan a fair bit, which I think is expected with this type of project. The dimensions will be different to fit my space, and the internal storage areas of the main cabinet will be quite different. I don't have a huge plane collection (yet...), and I wanted some room for some books, so although the idea is similar, the final product should be quite different. I don't think I will be doing the mitered through dovetails. It will be just plain old dovetails all around. As well, at this point I don't think I'll be making the outer doors, mainly because I really don't have that many tools, and I figure that it will be open most of the time, so outer doors don't seem critical to me. In the future it will be easy enough to add outer doors for when I really need them. The main wood will be cherry. I've had a bunch of really crappy cherry hanging around for a while that I'm hoping to use up, but when I started measuring, I realized I could really only get the doors done. These particular boards had a lot of knots, sapwood, etc that precluded long clean stretches. The scraps from these pieces should be useable for the internal stuff. I ended up getting a pretty good deal on some really nice 5/4 cherry, 10' long, 11' wide and very clean. This will be used for the main cabinet. I didn't even really attempt to grain match as all of these boards are likely from different trees... All I've done so far is rough cut to length, with the help of my able assistant:
  11. This was quick project I'm just finishing up. I had finished most of the construction on my Roubo, and got distracted by this project which delayed finishing the bench. It is a guitar stand for my daughter made of walnut and quilted maple. The design is not my own, but rather was inspired by this builder: In these photos it is not 100% complete as the top area of flocking still needs some final finishing. That top area is a storage area for her guitar picks. Art
  12. Yup , Deathly Hallows it is... I did it because, firstly, our family really enjoys the books and movies, so it's just a fun thing to do. Mainly I did it because it was our interest in the Potter series that got me started in woodworking. Several years ago my daughter asked me to make a broom for her, and one thing led to another and before you knew it, there was a Sawstop, Hammer jointer/planer, etc in my garage, and my car has been on the street ever since. So I blame JK Rowling...
  13. Thanks guys! I appreciate the comments.
  14. Bench is now finished! I acutually finished the construction about 1 month ago, and have already finished another project using the bench. The only part that I still needed to finish was the chop, because I had some decoration to do on it. Final dimensions are 79 1/2" long x 25 1/4" wide by 35" tall. I didn't make a sliding deadman as I don't do projects that really require it, but I did route in the groove in the front slab in case I decide to make one in the future, so it will be easy to add if needed. As a present for finally finishing, I bought myself a Veritas BU Smoothing Plane to finish the chop. It is very satisfying to use. I also bought the front knob and tote to convert my LABP into a little smoother. This is a great upgrade Here are some details of the chop. I went with a gothic theme, and bonus points to whomever can identify the symbol (it's not religious or political or anything like that...): Anyway, that it. This was a fun build, and again I'd like to thank everyone else on here who posted their builds as it made mine much easier. Art
  15. Yup, pretty much what was said above. I ended up lengthening my chop so that I didn't lose too much capacity, and so as not to interfere with the side rails. I don't know the exact length of my chop but it is only about 1" above the floor, so it's at least 34".
  16. I used round holes in my Roubo for a couple of reasons: simplicity and versatility. Although I like the look of the traditional square dogs, having the round ones, along with a couple of hold fasts, makes life very easy. I'm not 100% finished my bench (still working on ornamentation for the leg vise chop), but I've already started on my next project, and I'm using that front row of round holes with both the end vise and the hold fasts interchangeably.
  17. Art

    New Lumber Hauler

    Nice truck, but it's no Honda Ridgeline ...
  18. I just got mine a few days ago. I got the wood ones. I'm guessing Lee Valley may still have a supply of these left...
  19. Art

    12" Jointer

    I don't know much about them, but I believe Frank Howarth has a few JA Fay & Egan tools, and he seems to know his way around old iron. If they're good enough for him, I would have no hesitation...
  20. It really doesn't matter. It just means you have to adjust a few other pieces (endcap, short rails).
  21. Art

    Gun Stock

    I've used a Minwax mahogany stain a number of times on (I believe) ash. I found that multiple light coats, applied with an old t-shirt, lets you sneak up on the shade you want. Basically, go conservative and it's quite forgiving.
  22. For what it's worth, I added a bit of width to both of my slabs to end up with total width of about 25 1/2". This way I can more easily work with wider pieces. The overall construction is the same. All you have to do is size your small rails appropriately for the wider top. I also made my gap stop 2" wide to more easily accept clamps.
  23. I hope so. I don't like the sound of aluminum. On the other hand, it may force me to buy a lathe
  24. I just ordered and paid for one at Lee Valley. As far as I know, I'm getting the wood handles. It should be here in the next week or so.