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After a comment on my bench about a bench off, I thought its a great idea. There all the threads about planes, braces, powertools of your dreams, etc. How about it on benches.
Pic of your bench or one you are going to buy or build and Why its best. The topic should provide some info for the woodworking getting ready to build or buy as well as give us a place to gloat.
Plus even though I'm not building another bench, I still love looking at others.

I haven't been on in a while but I just seen a pm when i got on today. It appears the tag "smackdown" is being added to the benches shown here, so you can click here and see em all.
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I'm having trouble keeping up with everything so I can't remember, did you glue up your top yet Mauricio? If not or for others contemplating it, I left gaps in my laminations where the stop were to be, so there was no mortising needed. It had to be well planned so they were in line and right at the edge of the stretcher location. I just needed a little fine tuning with a chisel to bring them over to the edge of the stretcher. But it was nothing compared to mortising, and the holes are dead square.

Scott.. I have the same problem with rust. Only for me the salt comes from the air and water. I'm often working just feet or inches from the salt water. I hate rust, that is why I chose what I did for the chain thingy. I know one thing that keeps rust at bay, constant use. The tools I use the most rust the least. So use that vise every day.
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I was in the basement of a turn-of-the-century summer vacation home a couple of months back and what I thought was a 12 foot long table (being used to store numerous boxes of junk), turned out to be one big-a$$ workbench with a vise built in. I wish I could figure some way to get the owner to part with it. I'm thinking it has been in that basement since the house was built, because it would have to be dismantled to get it out. (Log home, built for Captain somebody-or-other, probably in the 5000 sq. ft range, still has the original cedar gutters, and a 'chinaman's room' in the basement. I kid you not - saw the original blueprints)

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Hey Scott. I don't think bluing prevents rust. It might provide a tiny bit of protection from rust, but I believe you will still need to oil the wheels. Do it if you prefer the finish, but don't be surprised if they still rust.
Thanks for the wet blanket, Andy :^)
Let's strip that blanket off.
" I hate being biploar. It's awesome."I lol'd.
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Poor taste, I'm known for it.
Don't ever change Al. You crack me up.

Scott - I'm no expert, but just out of interest I did a Google search with 'Does Bluing prevent rust?' The concensus was that it didn't. Just passing it on brother.
I built this workbench about 10 years ago from a plan I purchased off the internet. I made it out of some maple that a furniture manufacturing plant was throwing away. I added the cabinet with the dovetail drawers from my own design. The top which is 3" thick was router/planed perfectly flat after vices were installed. I have had many offers from customers through the years to buy this bench, but would never part with it. It has proven to be the most used piece of equipment in my shop.
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Beautiful bench, shopdog. I can see why that would be the most used tool in your shop!
It's fantastic shopdog.
Very nice shopdog!
That's a beast Shopdog. Nice work.
While some of us are on the topic…I'm a schizophrenic, and so am I.
Andy, just to be fair. Jameel did recommend oiling the wheels. From the blog entry:

"It also helps greatly in preventing rust (especially if you oil the wheel afterwards.)"
For years I have used talcum powder (baby powder) to prevent rust from air moisture. It works best on cast iron because the powder fills the microscopic pores in the iron and covers the surface with a microscopic layer preventing the air from coming in contact with the iron. Does NOT make the surface waterproof or water resistant, i.e. drinks leave rings. Besides, it's slickery and and smells good. Works reliably in our pretty constant 90%+ humidity.
Polished steel, perhaps not so much.
In my experience, bluing does not prevent or even slow down rust. I've witnessed several firearms that were blued and very rusty.
Why not a coat of clear lacquer, or a plastic aerosol spray?
Look at friggin Dan with the common sense solution. The sweet smell would be a welcome addition to my nasty shop:) As a gun nut, I can totally relate to freshly blued guns rusting. I had an extremely valuable pistol rust this way and it literally made me vomit (true story). I've resorted to using those 110V anti-rust bars and keeping a ZeRust capsule around. I'll admit that I treat my guns better than my planes, but I've got one of those bars in my plane till. I can Ebay a 220; I can't Ebay a Belgian Browning.
Browning and bluing of firearms is a rusting process that has been arrested. It doesn't take much to restart it sometimes ;-)
Woo-who, somewheres I can speak to as an expert finally.
When steel is blued, it is treated for a short time in a hot water and salt solution (not table salt, this stuff will eat holes in your leather boots if it gets on them) and then the process is shut down by dipping in cold black oil (normally quickseal). Its whole purpose is to resist rust, and it does resist, but that's it. It does not prevent it, and if the blueing wasn't preformed correctly it WILL rust again quickly. But if blued correctly, a light wipe with an oily rag every now and again will keep it rust free. Parkerizing would help to keep it rust free longer, but its not good for any persion bearing surface. If they want it rust free and to look bad ass, they should look into cerakote or KG gunkote.
NAN, I sent a Sig220 for "K-kote"ing a few years back. I'm not sure what they do to it but the finish is the most durable I've ever encountered.
Not so random pics. I am almost giddy.

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