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3 hours ago, curlyoak said:

Good work. How did you cut the top to length being 4" thick?

curlyoak.

I used a DeWalt Track Saw, cut half way through, flip, and repeat.  Then I belt sanded the end grain.  It came out better than I was expecting. ;)

Thanks to all for your kind comments

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Bench is looking good. Hard maple really is a pain to work with at times. It's hardness and tenancy to have swirly grain makes it awfully difficult for hand tools as well as power tools.

13 hours ago, Mark J said:

I always thought sugar maple was hard maple and all the others, like red and silver were soft maples?

Sugar Maple = Hard Maple = Rock Maple These are all names for the same tree Acer saccharum.

Any other Acer tree is considered soft maple, Red maple, silver maple, Norway Maple, Boxelder, etc.

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10 hours ago, Robby W said:

I am interested in how the tail vise goes for you. I have one sitting in my shop waiting for me to build my new bench. Getting close to starting.

I am going to tackle that last :)

I will let you know how it goes.

 

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On 7/10/2021 at 7:54 PM, Robby W said:

I am interested in how the tail vise goes for you. I have one sitting in my shop waiting for me to build my new bench. Getting close to starting.

Robby,

I will be starting that today!  I will let you know how it goes.

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On 7/23/2021 at 7:52 AM, Mark J said:

I've always been curious how those chain drives perform over time.  Even though the opening is on the bottom it looks like it will collect a lot of sawdust.

Mark,

Lie-Nielsen has been making these for years now and I have never heard of dust being a problem with their chain drive mechanism.   If I encounter any problem like that, I will just blow out the cavity with compressed air re-oil the chain and make a removable cover for it.

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On 7/23/2021 at 5:52 AM, Mark J said:

I've always been curious how those chain drives perform over time.  Even though the opening is on the bottom it looks like it will collect a lot of sawdust.

My Veritas has been in use for about 4 years.  Although there is a cover on this design it is hardly air tight.  When I opened it to adjust chain tension after the first several months of use there was saw dust present.  None of this effected the action and I would have never known had I not wanted to tighten up the chain a bit.  It seems the same "non-air-tight" design that let's the spoil in, lets it out as you use the vise.

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