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Looks awesome, you are cruising right through this project. 

Are you planning to do a different species for the chop and deadman, or will they be the same as what you have used on the rest of the bench?

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5 hours ago, woodbutcher said:

Looks awesome, you are cruising right through this project. 

Are you planning to do a different species for the chop and deadman, or will they be the same as what you have used on the rest of the bench?

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...

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Looks good!  By the time I got to this point I was tired of making it, so I started using it as a bench, and only got to the finishing details later on...

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Thats looking real good Frank.  Very nice job of recycling some lumber.

 

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I'm amazed at how fast you've gone through this build. It looks awesome. I think a bench with some character is a lot more interesting. I get the sense that this wasn't your favorite project, but it's definitely worth the effort.

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A. I forgot that you were making this out of oak and the bench looks wonderful. I dig the character on the legs and the slabs look real nice with the very few glue lines.

2. If I'm calling gout a mistake sorry. What are the holes for on the leg on the tail vise side. At first i thought you were left handed and were putting the leg vise on the right now I'm sorta confused.

III. I'm jealous man this bench looks awesome. All the roubos do. I got really frustrated with my pipe clamp vise when i was working on these outdoor rockers. I couldn't get stuff to hold unless i took my long channel lock pliers to the clamp screws.

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35 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

2. If I'm calling gout a mistake sorry. What are the holes for on the leg on the tail vise side. At first i thought you were left handed and were putting the leg vise on the right now I'm sorta confused.

They are hold fast holes you use them for long boards in the vise and also as a place to store them

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5 hours ago, Art said:

Looks good!  By the time I got to this point I was tired of making it, so I started using it as a bench, and only got to the finishing details later on...

Yupyup.

I don't think I installed the tail vise for a year.

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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.

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What are you using for finish?   I am sure you know, but you don't want it too smooth on top or work pieces will slide around to much. ;)

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20 minutes ago, Chet said:

What are you using for finish?   I am sure you know, but you don't want it too smooth on top or work pieces will slide around to much. ;)

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.

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That looks great!  In comparison, some of these immaculate maple benches look a little boring.

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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. 

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That really came out great Frank.  I think the wood you used ended up giving it an old school look.  I would be real happy to look at that everyday if it were in my shop.  Very sharp.

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Looks like a bench you can really work on! Curious about the center gap and stop. Is it photo distortion, or did you make it extra wide for a particular reason?

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8 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

Looks like a bench you can really work on! Curious about the center gap and stop. Is it photo distortion, or did you make it extra wide for a particular reason?

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".

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10 hours ago, bleedinblue said:

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".

And you will thank yourself later

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On 4/18/2019 at 2:17 PM, bleedinblue said:

I think I made it the best I could have given my skill, time to dedicate, and material. 

I think you made an awesome bench like incredibly awesome. I'm tempted to call up Cremona and ask to buy some of the Oak he milled last year to make my own roubo. It's either that or cherry.

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@Chestnut, if you prefer a clean-looking bench, go cherry over the oak. The open pores collect grime at an unbelievable rate.

OTOH, in a couple years, you could pass your oak bench off as a 17th century antique!  :D

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