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    Bench Update

    It is no longer a project, but now a tool to use to build other projects. I have been using it for a while now and I have not run across any negatives in the design. The vise is working great, but the biggest time saver are the holdfasts. With a quick whack of the mallet the holdfast is set and the work secured. Another whack and the work is released. So fast, yet so simple. I have used them in the past, but using them with this bench, built specifically for their use, has made a big difference in my woodworking. I find myself securing my work more because it is so quick.Click image for larger version. 

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    Oh my, What a messy messy bench! I actually see shavings and clutter!!!

    Boy that looks great, Can even see the sheen on the bench. Fantastic Bill!
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    Yummy yummy, I bet it was difficult starting to use it and leave some marks on it, at least it was for me when I made mine.

    BTW how much Titebond paid you to make that subliminal advertisement of their product?
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    Very nice Bill yeah Toni i thought that too. But i was not sure if it was Titebond or Gramercy given the ravings on the holdfasts. So Bill whats ya making?
    cheers

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    Ya gotta love it when a plan comes together. I see a table leg in the works.
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    looking good bill, and glad your back to making things for you and enjoying the bench along the way
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    Yes, a table leg from the Spray Leg Table. Just glued up the last of the ebony leg cuffs yesterday.

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    I am hoping to plane the cuffs down to final thickness with the legs today, but I think that won't happen as I been rescheduled by the boss to work on the laundry closet revamp today. Once I get the legs done, I will post on the Spray Leg Table build thread.

    Because of the tight standards set by Glenn, I was going to reorganize my shavings in neat piles, but I got caught up in the work and forgot! I did manage to clean and buff my clamps to a nice shine. I hope that counts for something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    It is no longer a project, but now a tool to use to build other projects. I have been using it for a while now and I have not run across any negatives in the design. The vise is working great, but the biggest time saver are the holdfasts. With a quick whack of the mallet the holdfast is set and the work secured. Another whack and the work is released. So fast, yet so simple. I have used them in the past, but using them with this bench, built specifically for their use, has made a big difference in my woodworking. I find myself securing my work more because it is so quick.
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    Yep, when it comes to my hold fasts, "From my cold dead hands" just about covers it
    I think I will try to buy two more, sometimes two are just not enough.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Yep, when it comes to my hold fasts, "From my cold dead hands" just about covers it
    I think I will try to buy two more, sometimes two are just not enough.....
    Yes, I need more myself. I find I am robbing Peter to pay Paul, if I have several things going on the bench.
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    Stu has a real good point. I think more than two would do just nicely too. I dont know how i got going without a bench now when i look back. But as i said in your other thread Bill, i think your sticking to a hardwood top is going to pay off in the long run.
    cheers

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