Thanks all for the kind words.
Vaughn, I hate to admit it, but when the bench is clean, it looks better than our dinning room table, which is also ipe.
Brent, the works in progress were mostly added to show the capabilities of the bench and to show off my latest neander tool finds (stealth gloats); a Bedrock 604 ½ and a Mathieson 843 infill smoother. Both are in excellent condition and work like a dream.
One of the work pics includes a piece from my kitchen remodel; the “frame” is the smallest of 5 structures that will hang from the ceiling at 2-ft intervals. Half-inch Solid stainless steel rods will run between the frames, creating open shelving between the kitchen and dinning room. Each side of the frame is a 2”x2” QSWO post built using the quadra-linear technique common to Stickley and arts & crafts furniture.
Another work pic is my first attempt at butterfly inlays to stabilize a free-form(?) walnut slab (Nakashima style). The inlay is ipe. It is a practice piece, so it will likely just end up as a seat for a shop stool. I'll attach a few detail pics of the work below.
Ed, the wheels are also from Noden A-A-B. The structure holding the casters is very beefy, but it does have its limits. Locking the casters does not provide a stable enough bench for hand planning. 99.99% of the time, the wheels are raised so the bench sets on its feet.
Stu, the Emmert is one of the most useful tools in my shop. It may cost more than a modern pattern-vise, but hopefully its value will appreciate even further as a modern emmert copy would be depreciating. I’ve got many a scratch, ding, dent, and gouge in the tabletop already. But glue, varnish, and paint seem to peel or pop right off the ipe. Unfortunately, that feature of ipe has caused a few problems with the stability of the bench top laminations. I’ll post more about those problems later.
Alex, the next mods I want to make include drawers under the table and a European type tail vise. But I must finish some other home remodel projects first. :-( Haven’t seen any post of your twin-vise install, but your post on building wooden bench dogs is great.
Thanks for lookin.
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