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Blog series by MagicalMichael updated 11-14-2019 04:15 PM 7 parts 2762 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: My First Blog

09-17-2019 09:15 PM by MagicalMichael | 4 comments »

Greetings. My name is Michael and this is my first experience at blogging. Some, yikes, many, years ago when I was doing intensive volunteer work leading non-violence training in a max prison, I got the nickname, Magical Michael. I liked it and have stuck with it ever since. This blog series will be written as I build a Moravian style workbench. I say “style” because rather than rebuild the Will Myers – Woodwright – Joshua Farnsworth workbench, as excellent as it is, I have...

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Part 2: Why A New Bench Now

09-20-2019 09:13 PM by MagicalMichael | 2 comments »

I am very fond of my workbench. It is an old friend, and like all old friends I don’t dwell on their shortcomings. I have spent many, many happy hours with this bench and have learned many things (i.e. have made many mistakes while at it.) It has served me well and when I finally decided to build a new bench I assumed I would build another Scandinavian bench, probably modeled on the Frank Klauz bench rather than the Frid. My early workmanship left much to be desired, but still the bench ...

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Part 3: Build Which Bench

09-30-2019 08:44 PM by MagicalMichael | 4 comments »

Deciding to build a bench taller than 34-35” opened up a pandora’s box of questions for me. Once I had decided where I would place this new bench, I more and more visualized it in that space and felt less and less good about the shoulder vice sticking out. If I wasn’t building a shoulder vice, then I wasn’t building a Scandinavian bench, so what kind of bench should I build? And if I wasn’t building a traditional bench should I build a traditional tail vice? I pulled out my old Scot L...

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Part 4: Which Bench, Part 2

10-08-2019 04:06 PM by MagicalMichael | 2 comments »

So,…. at this point I had decided on a split top Roubo with an HNT Gordon face vice in place of the classic leg vice. I was still undecided about the tail vice except that I had finally ruled out a traditional tail vice in favor of a wagon vice. The romantic in me favored the Lake Erie (L.E.), the accountant favored the Hovarter, and the perfectionist favored the Benchcrafted (BC.) As I continued to study these alternatives it finally dawned on me that my unacknowledged criteria included ea...

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Part 5: Over and Under Planning

10-18-2019 12:57 PM by MagicalMichael | 0 comments »

I thought I had posted this a few days ago but when I went looking for comments, discovered it was still waiting for one more click of a mouse. In mathematics two negatives make a positive; in ethics, two wrongs don’t make a right. In woodworking two mistakes never seem to cancel one another out. Sometimes we make mistakes from carelessness, a slip of the saw or chisel. These are almost always repairable with a minimum of effort. Planning mistakes, on the other hand often haunt ...

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Part 6: Going to the dogs

10-29-2019 12:20 AM by MagicalMichael | 0 comments »

Somehow this got posted w/out being linked to the series. Sorry for the duplication but I couldn’t find another fix. While I worked away I started thinking about what kind of dog hole and dogs I wanted. My Scandinavian bench of course has wooden dogs and I think they are better than round dogs even though my early saw and chisel work introduced a bit of variation in my dog holes. I like the square wooden dogs better than the round Veritas dogs that I retrofitted into my outfeed tabl...

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Part 7: Some Small Changes and Some Grieving

11-14-2019 04:15 PM by MagicalMichael | 1 comment »

It’s been awhile. Life has intervened – three family birthdays, doctors, dentist, vet, auto mechanic, ka ching, ka ching, ka ching. You know how that goes. I am supposed to be retired but find myself in demand this Fall – teaching three different topics and facilitating two groups – plus figuring out how to keep the checkbook afloat. I have been able to keep the project moving forward, but not the blog. I have written about the a few big changes I have made – ...

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