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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 01-20-2016 12:55 AM 1307 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So for my big remodel I had ordered a Galbert travisher, soss hinges and fancy drawer handles. I ordered all the fixins’ from benchcraft to make my bench. I saved up lumber for over a year to make it. Today I received the last piece of the puzzle to finish off the remodel and have a kick-butt beautiful place for me to make videos, play with designs and spend the rest of my life working on a craft I hold very dear and am hopelessly addicted to.
John Switzer from Black Bear Forge in Beulah, Colorado was kind enough to take on a challenge and make me some hold fasts with a bear paw design on them. Much like my flaming table saw and my tool cabinet, when you see these you will know it is something I am working on. John did a great job on them.

I can’t wait to get the bench done and start using them.

Like I said yesterday I was going to work on the twist candlesticks today. I got them mostly done, they are just lacking some finish work and the walnut bases.

I keep a bucket of project odds and ends with all I need to put some things together. That is where I had the inserts for the candlesticks.

Much like the bench legs, I used the same two bits to turn the candlestick holders. The difference is I changed the number of starts to two and doubled the pitch so there would be a matching turn on the opposite side enabling the thru hole.

I followed that up by using a 3” long by 1/2” wide spiral cutting bit to plunge into the sticks to get the hallow.

This is what they will look like when they are done.

With the candlestick holders well under way I was able to put my attention back to the bench. I milled out the section for the leg vise hardware and finished everything up.

That done I put it all together one last time before I glue it up. I will be gluing the end panels together and the front and back stretchers get bolted in place. The deadman rail will be added on later as well as the shelf rails on the bottom. Looking pretty good to me.

Friday will be the 22 which will be the two month mark for the remodel. I have yet to start on the plane till and I still have a bunch to do on the inside of the tool cabinet, but hopefully I will have a good picture to share of everything by Friday. Thanks for reading everyone and have a great day.

Thanks to all the new youtube subscribers, my e-mail took me a while to go through today. Matt Cremona featured my stuff in his weekly update yesterday and it had a big effect.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 01:12 AM

Brian that bench of yours is pretty darn showy.

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 01:21 AM

So awesome, Brian. I met John at the Denver LN hand tool event – great guy. Super talented.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 03:29 PM

Wow. That bench is going to be amazing and unique.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 03:39 PM

brian those custom hold fasts are over the top but everything you do is over the top so i expect nothing your gonna be afraid to use that bench,its just turning out beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 09:09 PM

Your workbench makes my awesomeness meter go way out of the scale.


-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 09:47 PM

Been quietly following along Brian. I showed some of your tool cabinet and bench pics to my wife; she was impressed, which is something coming from someone who thinks I spend too much time on this site.
Just wow :-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 01-20-2016 11:36 PM

Duckmilk, funny name first off. Please tell your wife I need your support, I can’t function without it and if you were to stop visiting this site or watching any videos I might make in the future I would cry myself to sleep at night. Also tell her thanks. I have been having a blast making all this stuff and I walk in the shop in the morning with a cup of coffee and just stare at it in disbelief. I am very excited to publish my last post in this blog series and my first picture of the completed project. Thanks again.

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 01-21-2016 02:38 AM

It sounds like you are humbled by your own skills, so am I. I forwarded your thanks to my wife, she said; Awwww

Edit: Last post, completed project??? The till isn’t full yet and your bench still needs accoutrements.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 01-21-2016 02:44 AM

My skills are just on loan, a gift I was given and have nurtured very fervently.

-- Brian Noel

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#10 posted 01-21-2016 02:44 AM

Noticed the Incra miter gauge. Great, ain’t they?

Being able to turn rope spindles is a skill I can only aspire to. Lovely work.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-21-2016 02:59 AM

I will have to do a video on the rope design without the router. I use the router as a crutch because of it’s speed, but you really need to be able to do all of this without power first.
Incra makes some great stuff. I have another toy from them I don’t get to use often enough, the finger joint sled.

-- Brian Noel

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