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#1 posted 10-26-2013 08:18 PM

That sir, is some mighty fine workmanship. Favorited.

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 08:29 PM

This will be on my list to do. Well crafted, and well thought out.

Edit BTW I like the tilted plane tills. I put the same thing in my tool chest, got the planes off the bottom and provided increased usable space.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 10:04 PM

Nicely done!

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 10:43 PM

Excellent work Tucker….very well done sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 10:52 PM

Very nice work. I am also building a bench addition using the Moxon vise hardware and have a question if you have a moment. What are the dimensions of the front piece of wood in your vise? The part that the handscrews are against. I remember reading somewhere in the Moxon information that if you plan to use bench dogs on the top the front piece has to be a certain size. Just curious what yours is.

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 01:39 AM

Hi Bill. And, thanks for the kind words, all. I designed the front chop’s orientation to be like that of a caul. If you stack and glue pieces turned on their sides you’re creating a very strong face. I started with 8/4 material, hand-planed it flat and then ripped pieces about 2 1/2” on the bandsaw. I then turned each into the orientation of a rift sawn piece for glue up. After truing the result was shy of 2 1/4”. You can see this grain detail in the image. The part of the stock that is up against the washers and handscrews was the side of the stock before milling and gluing. Resistance to shear stress increases because the vector of force (which might cause racking) is now parallel to the cross section of the grain in the stationary chop. I could’ve just used thicker (i.e., 3”) material but this is stronger with thinner/laminated stock.

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 03:56 AM

This is really cool. I have something really similar in process.

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 04:03 AM

Nice job! I think this is on my to do list. What is the distance between screws? Also, where did you get the leather fir your chops?



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#9 posted 10-27-2013 05:32 AM

Hi Greg, and thanks. You know, since reading George Walker’s blog and then his book, I haven’t been using the tape as much. When I did this I kind of held out my arms with palms facing and determined I wanted it about “that wide and deep.” I’ve learned to size things out by how I’ll be using them and by eye. Just fits into use better that way somehow. So, for you I grabbed the tape measure and went out to the shop.

Turns out the distance on center between the screws is 18”. It’s not often I cut saw any components wider than that, and I can always improvise if I need a 24” case or whatever. Thanks to your question I also see that the width of the benchtop and chops are all 24 3/4”.

I’ve learned to go local when getting materials like that suede. For granite pieces I went to a local countertop place where they have a whole yard of offcuts. They were happy to have me pick through what I wanted to lighten their load in disposing of it. Likewise for usable hardwood at local cabinet shops. For the suede I visited a local upholstery shop and was given several nice pieces, including that one. I’ll use the others for stropping and to add to some box tops for gifts.

Best of luck with your joinery bench.

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 12:48 PM

AWESOME!!!!!!! I def see one of these in my future. Great job

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 06:03 PM

Neat. Thanks for sharing!

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#12 posted 10-28-2013 12:12 PM

One of the nicest benches I’ve seen.

-- Todd, Ontario, CA

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