Shop Remodel #41: I Got Chopped

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 02-03-2016 01:11 AM 1553 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For those of you who have never used a leg vise, they are amazingly useful animals to have in the shop. To those of you who have one, “way to go” ;)
To those of you who have one, and it happens to have benchcrafted hardware, let me commiserate with you just a bit. They are not really a difficult thing to put in, though I am a bit mechanically disinclined. They seem to be more on the tedious end of things and very persnickety. Kind of like putting a leash on a bumble-bee; be accurate or suffer the consequences.

So let me catch you up. I glued up two slabs of wood, a chunk of 8/4 walnut and 4/4 maple.

This part of the remodel turned out like the original picture. Many times I have had licence with things and they differed. The saw till being one example, but I was happy with how closely the chop resembles the drawing.

I popped the blank out of the clamps and took a look at how it will look in its’ new home ;)

Pleased, I drew out a center-line that would be routed out for the scissors.

I drilled out the thru hole for the screw.

I then went to the drill press to drill the hole that runs thru laterally which will get the steel pin that holds the scissors in place.

Confident I had an accurate beginning to the hole I finished it off with a long auger bit.

Using two sided duct tape I fastened the blank to the table-saw top and used the same tape to create runners that would limit the travel of the router so I just routed away what I needed.

The board wasn’t long enough to place a stop on the bottom of the channel so I used my fence clamps to hold a board in place and positioned the table-saw fence to the right distance. Worked well.

Makes a little mess.

Next I drew out the shape I wanted for the chop.

And cut it out.

To position the hardware I found it useful to use the drill bit that made the hole to center the plate.

I had purchased a large bunch of router bits from a company going out of business in Salem a few years back. In the mix was a 30 degree chamfer bit which was useful to put the angle I wanted on the outside. I used the same angle on the table-saw to chamfer the top of the chop.

About a half hour of persnickety-ness later I had it in place and I could set the pins for good. ;)

A little of my bench finish and Bazinga!

I have been in a big hurry to get this done and the inlay that goes in the front of the bench might have to wait. I was able to slow down enough to get a bunch of pictures for you all today, because I want you to get a lot of bang for your buck. Which reminds me, some of you are behind on your payments. :)

I am getting close to being finished with the tool cabinet video. It will hopefully go out within the week.

Thanks for reading and have fun woodworking!

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 01:21 AM

That is one way cool work bench!!!
Fits in nicely with the rest of your creations me thinks.

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 02:15 AM

Wonderful blog. It surely gave me a lot more confidence that I can install one should I bite the bullet and purchase the hardware. Many thanks for taking the time to take the pictures and write it up.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 03:25 AM

If I can do it anyone can! ;) I hope.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 02-03-2016 02:30 PM

”A little of my bench finish and Bazinga!”
. Is impressed !

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 03:07 PM

Nanu Nanu, Schazbot!
I guess I should have said if anyone else can do it then I can ;) Hopefully. Maybe not, we’ll see.

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 05:44 PM

Nice Brian, I especially like the 3 knobs on the handwheel. Your bench and tills are so unique, someone should come up with a name for your style. I’ve enjoyed following the bear’s den remodel :-)

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

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 05:57 PM

That bench gets more hideous every day, Brian, you’d better send it to me for appropriate disposal. Wait, you can finish it first, then send it. :-)

Love the shape on that chop. Great work!

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 06:21 PM

How about “Suahuab” which would be the opposite of Bauhaus. My tree cabinet is kind of the opposite of form following function there. I am sure you guys will come up with something. I am sure the one that will stick will be something like fairy style or something.. Yuck!! you can do better than that… Try again.

I am glad you guys like it. I am finishing it in drool. I have to keep stopping to look at how spoiled I am. :) Very happy!!

-- Brian Noel

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 06:36 PM

I kept getting distracted by all of the cool things in the background of your pictures, especially the tool chest and the bent piece of thin strip wood with a piece of string for marking the curve. Had to read the post several times since I kept losing my train of thought to look at the pictures…. Squirrel!!!!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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