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    First Bench

    That hopefully will pass the test of time...
    Ponderosa pine base, MDF top, wrapped in curly maple...

    Mortise and tenon legs and stretcher...
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    Doweled top support...
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    Cross members...
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    Coat of epoxy on the knots...
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    Dummy forgot to joint the factory home depot lumber, and the results of the eased edges made the joints look sad...
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    So, backsawed and chiseled out a cosmetic fix...
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    Did the same sorta fix at the stretcher ends...
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    Then decided to add a decorative touch with the hope it may add in strength at the joint, though it's only a quarter inch deep...
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    More in a minute or five
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    Then it was onto surface flattening the base, probably over-kill, but my floor slopes fairly well...
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    onto a couple of coats of BLO & MS...
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    Followed by top time...3 layers MDF...
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    and wrapped in maple...
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    Vise tip was to make the handle before assembly...
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    Then glue up of the vise faces...
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    Then layour for screw and guide rods...
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    And recessing the guide supports...
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    just a few more, lol
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    Attaching the bench side vise face...
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    Vise shim and anti-slide corner blocks...
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    Dog hole jig and drilling came next...
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    angling the face vise via planner jig...
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    took a break to add a descriptive note...my woodworking at times can be a battle, LOL not sure if that's a horse, Lion or combo, similar to some of my creations in that aspect ...cut the pattern on the scroll saw and traced to the top, then pyro'd in with my wood burner...it is what it is...
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    and these last shots are after the second coat of Blo, MS, Minwax Antique oil and a dash of Poly satin...more coats to come followed up by some paste wax...
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    Thanks if you made it this far was a ton of fun!
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    That looks great Ken! A proper bench is on my short list. I've finally gotten tired of trying to cobble something together to hold something that a bench will do in a few seconds.

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    Fantastic!

    Now make sure you keep all the glue stains off of it!
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    She's a beauty, Ken. What's her name?

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    Yay! She looks great Ken
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    Really super Ken!!! I'm with John, a serious bench is on my short list and fast working its way to the top.
    Norm

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    Harkening back to the teaching days. Students would build a bench after several semesters of other wood working classes and then remark, "I wish I had done this in the beginning."

    Would save so many mistakes. A good bench is a good tool. Not just a place to spatter glue, spill paint, and pile stuff on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
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    More in a minute or five
    If I got the right picture, I went by it to quick and saw those foosball men, instead of spring clamps with the green.

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